The Latest: Florida high court delays inmate's execution
Feb. 02, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a Florida death row inmate who is scheduled to die Feb. 11 (all times local):
The Florida Supreme Court has delayed the execution of a death row inmate after his attorneys argued that the state should first determine how to apply a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state's death penalty system is unconstitutional.
Michael Lambrix was scheduled to die by lethal injection on Feb. 11. The court on Tuesday said that it would be delayed until it issued another order. The court did not provide further details.
The U.S. Supreme Court last month 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 said the ruling should not apply to already-decided cases, and wanted the state to execute Lambrix as scheduled.
Lambrix was sentenced for the 1983 slayings of two people he met at a bar. Prosecutors said he killed them after inviting them home for dinner.
Attorneys for a condemned inmate in Florida are scheduled to argue that his execution should be delayed after the U.S. Supreme Court found the state's death penalty system to be unconstitutional.
Tuesday's arguments are scheduled before the Florida Supreme Court, and Michael Lambrix is scheduled to die by lethal injection Feb. 11.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office argues that Lambrix should be executed as scheduled.
Lambrix was sentenced to death for the 1983 slayings of two people he met at a bar. Prosecutors said he killed them after inviting them home for a spaghetti dinner.
The U.S. Supreme Court found Florida's death penalty system flawed because it allows judges, not juries, to decide death sentences.
Lambrix's attorneys want the state to give their client a new sentencing hearing.