Supreme Court Won’t Block David Alan Gore’s April 12 Execution
The Florida Supreme Court won’t stay the scheduled execution of David Alan Gore.
The justices rejected Gore’s appeal request Monday to halt his planned April 12 execution.
Gore’s attorneys had claimed he was denied a requested hearing on the pending execution by Circuit Judge Dan Vaughn and that his 23 years on death row should be considered a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
The justices ruled the claims were “without merit.”
The justices also disagreed with Gore’s contention that the court should consider the 2009 disbarment of attorney Robert Udell, who was among his penalty phase counsel in 1992.
“Gore fails to demonstrate how the disbarment of Udell in 2009 for conduct that occurred from 2005 through 2008 establishes that he was ineffective during the resentencing trial in 1992,” the justices ruled.
Gov. Rick Scott signed the warrant on Feb. 28 for Gore to be put to death for the 1983 rape and murder of a teenage girl on the Treasure Coast.
Gore’s execution is set for 6 p.m. at Florida State Prison.