Parkland School Shooter May Join Others on Florida Death Row – NBC 6 South Florida


What there is to know

  • Florida has not carried out any executions since August 2019
  • There are currently 305 inmates on death row in Florida, including 302 men and three women.
  • If high school shooter Marjory Stoneman Douglas is placed on death row, he would be Florida’s youngest death row inmate by nearly six years.

After pleading guilty Wednesday to 17 counts of first degree murder, the Parkland School shooter could face the death penalty, which has not been done in Florida for more than two years.

The last execution in Florida was on August 22, 2019, when Gary Ray Bowles, a serial killer who preyed on older gay men in an eight-month streak that left six dead, was killed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison.

Bowles, 57, was sentenced to death for the murder of Walter Hinton in November 1994 in Jacksonville Beach. Hinton was Bowles’ sixth and last known victim in a series of murders in 1994 that terrorized the Interstate 95 corridor and earned him the nickname “the I-95 killer.”

There was another execution in Florida in 2019, when Bobby Joe Long, another serial killer who claimed the lives of 10 women at a 1984 party in the Tampa Bay area, was put to death on May 23.

The last state execution linked to South Florida was on December 13, 2018, when Jose A. Jimenez, 55, was executed for the 1992 murder of a woman who caught him robbing him. his flat.

Court records show Jimenez was under house arrest for an earlier crime when he broke into the North Miami home of 63-year-old Phyliss Minas.

Bowles spent 23 years on death row, while Long was 34 and Jimenez spent 20.

Florida has executed 99 people since 1979, and there are currently 305 Florida death row inmates, including 302 men and three women, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

The oldest person currently on death row in Florida is Nelson Serrano, 83, convicted of murdering four people in Polk County in 1997.

The youngest inmate on death row in Florida is Christian Cruz, 28, convicted of first degree murder in a 2013 murder in Volusia County.

If high school shooter Marjory Stoneman Douglas is placed on death row, he would be Florida’s youngest death row inmate by nearly six years.

NBC 6’s Julia Bagg has more on whether Nikolas Cruz should be sentenced to death a day after pleading guilty.

In Florida, a 12-person jury decides whether someone is sentenced to death and their decision must be unanimous.

Men on death row are housed at Florida State Prison in Raiford while women on death row are housed at Lowell Annex in Lowell. A death row cell measures 6 x 9 x 9.5 feet high.

Most executions in the state are administered by lethal injection, but Florida is one of a small group of states that still use electrocution as an optional method if an inmate requests electrocution.

Prisoners are allowed to request a last meal before execution.

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