Rick Scott Inks Another Death Warrant: 65-Year-Old Oba Chandler Is Next
Gov. Rick Scott signed a death warrant to give a lethal juicing to the second inmate of his governorship -- this time for 65-year-old triple murderer Oba Chandler.
The execution is scheduled for 4 p.m. on November 15, but don't be surprised if that doesn't get delayed at some point.
Scott has now signed death warrants for two people -- both over age 60 -- and whereas executed cop killer Manuel Valle spent 30 years on death row, Chandler's been waiting around for just 17 years.
Around 100 of the 395 people on death row in Florida who've been waiting around to be executed longer than Chandler, including 64-year-old Gary Alvord, who was sentenced to death in 1974.
According to the Florida Commission on Capital Cases, Chandler killed Joan Rogers and her two daughters, Michelle and Christe, more than 22 years ago.
Rogers and her two daughters were on vacation in Tampa from Ohio and checked into their hotel on June 1, 1989.
After a week of noticing that the family hadn't been in the hotel room, housekeeping staff called the cops.
Police found Rogers' car abandoned near the Courtney Campbell Causeway, with a brochure inside containing directions written by Chandler.
The cops found all three of the women on June 4 -- naked from the waist down, arms and legs bound, with a cinder block tied by a rope around their necks.
Autopsy results showed the women died either from asphyxiation from the ropes around their necks or from drowning.
After police made a connection between the murders and another rape in the area -- which was printed in local news reports -- Chandler left the area.
He lived with his family for the next few years -- including some time spent in Broward County -- before finally being arrested and charged in September 1992.
Since his conviction, Chandler has lost seven appeals of his death sentence in various courts.
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