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Serial killer dies by lethal injection


Convicted Murderer David Allen Gore died by lethal injection Thursday after 28 years on death row. Regan McCarthy reports Gore is responsible for the murder of six women.

David Alan Gore was pronounced dead at 6:19 p.m. Thursday. Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Anne Howard says Gore requested fried chicken, French fries, butter pecan ice cream and a soft drink for his last meal. And she says he spent some time with his mother and ex-wife.

“He did have a contact visit with his mother and that was for one hour. And then another hour was non-contact with the same ladies.”

Howard says Gore also spoke with his “spiritual advisor,” and made an apology to the family of Lynn Elliot, the 17-year-old girl whose murder resulted in his death sentence. Florida Governor Rick Scott ordered Gore’s execution. Scott says it’s never easy to sign a death warrant.

“In this case this is an individual who, his crimes were heinous. He was convicted and sentenced to death. And so I’m upholding the law of the land. But at the same time I can tell you I pray about it. I pray for him and I pray for his victims and I can tell you that it’s not something I take lightly.”

Scott received a letter from six bishops from the Florida Catholic Conference earlier in the week asking him to stay the execution. The Florida Catholic Conference asks the governor to consider a stay every time an execution in scheduled.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

Phone: (850) 645-6090 | rmccarthy@fsu.edu

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