Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Apologizes for Execution Delay

She repeatedly called her decision to delay Marshall Lee Gore's execution because it conflicted with a campaign fundraiser wrong and apologized

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013  |  Updated 4:07 PM EDT
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Temporary Stay of Execution Issued for Former Escort Service Owner Convicted in Killings

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Temporary Stay of Execution Issued for Former Escort Service Owner Convicted in Killings

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a temporary stay of execution for Marshall Lee Gore, 49, who had been scheduled to die by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison on Monday. Gore, who was convicted of killing two women 25 years ago, said in a file interview that he did not murder Susan Roark. The Catholic Church opposes Gore's execution, and Joan Crown of the Catholic organization Respect Life discussed that issue.
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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is finally speaking about her decision to delay the execution date of a convicted killer.

Bondi on Tuesday made her first substantive public comments about the incident since it was revealed Gov. Rick Scott delayed the execution of Marshall Lee Gore because it conflicted with a Bondi campaign fundraiser.

Scott has said he delayed the execution at Bondi's request but did not know the reason.

She repeatedly called her decision wrong and apologized. Bondi also vowed that it would never happen again.

The attorney general did not say who requested the execution delay. But Bondi said her staff was aware of the reason for the delay.

Gore is now scheduled to die by lethal injection on Oct. 1.

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