Monday, 9 February 2009

Tompkins Asks Justices For Stay Of Execution

Tompkins Asks Justices For Stay Of Execution

Published: February 9, 2009

Wayne Tompkins

TALLAHASSEE - A death row inmate wants the Florida Supreme Court to stay his execution.

Wayne Tompkins was convicted of murdering 15-year-old Lisa DeCarr in 1983 in Tampa. He sought the delay today because he has appeals in other courts.

In one case, he has asked a state judge for more DNA testing. Gov. Charlie Crist had DNA tests done on the victim's bone fragments and other evidence before setting the execution for Wednesday. The results were inconclusive.

The state filed a response arguing the Supreme Court previously decided DNA testing would not exonerate Tompkins.

Tompkins first had been scheduled to die in 2001 and again last year, but appeals forced delays. He also has appeals in state and federal courts.

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