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URGENT Supreme Court Denies Stay Of Execution for Florida Killer

November 7, 1988

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Supreme Court on Monday refused to block the execution of Florida killer Jeffrey Joseph Daugherty, facing electrocution for one of four murders he committed 12 years ago.

The justices, by a 5-4 vote, turned down an emergency request aimed at sparing Daugherty’s life.

Daugherty’s execution was scheduled for 5:01 p.m. EST. The high court announced its decision six minutes earlier.

Daugherty, 33, was convicted of the 1976 shooting death of Lavonne Patricia Sailer, a Brevard County hitchhiker who was robbed of $15 and left to die in a county dump. She was shot five times.

Daugherty was convicted of three other murders committed in what prosecutors called a three-week murder spree while he, his girlfriend and his uncle traveled from Michigan to Florida.

Justices William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Harry A. Blackmun and John Paul Stevens voted to spare Daugherty.

The case is Daugherty vs. Florida, A-366.

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