Florida Death Row Inmate Files Appeal At Supreme Court To Block Execution
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An attorney for Death Row inmate Louis Bernard Gaskin on Wednesday went to the Florida Supreme Court in an attempt to block an execution scheduled for April 12.
Attorney Tracy Martinell Henry filed a notice of appeal, after Flagler County Circuit Judge Terence Perkins on Monday rejected Gaskin’s arguments challenging the death sentence.
The notice of appeal did not detail issues that will be raised at the Supreme Court. But Perkins turned down arguments about issues such as whether what is known as “mitigation” evidence about Gaskin’s mental health should have been presented before he was sentenced to death.
In the news: DeSantis Signs Death Warrant For Louis Gaskin, Sets Stage For Florida’s 2nd Execution In 2023
Gov. Ron DeSantis on March 13 signed a death warrant for Gaskin, who was convicted in the 1989 murders of Robert and Georgette Sturmfels during a burglary of their Flagler County home.
Gaskin, now 56, also received a life sentence after being convicted of attempted murder for shooting a man during a burglary at another home the same night, according to court documents.
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