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Attorneys for Florida inmate argue for execution delay

Attorneys for Florida inmate want state's highest court to delay execution next week

Attorneys for Florida inmate argue for execution delay

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) -- Attorneys for a Florida inmate want the state's highest court to delay his execution next week while it determines how to apply a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Florida's death penalty system is unconstitutional.

Martin McClain argued Tuesday before Florida's Supreme Court that last month's ruling should apply to Michael Lambrix's and all decided death penalty cases.

The U.S. Supreme Court found Florida's death penalty system flawed because it allows judges, not juries, to decide death sentences.

Scott Browne of the Florida Attorney General's office says the ruling should not apply to already-decided cases. He wants the state to execute Lambrix as scheduled Feb. 11.

Lambrix was sentenced for the 1983 killings of two people he met at a bar.


Updated : 2020-12-04 01:44 GMT+08:00