The execution of a 56-year-old man convicted of committing a double murder in Alabama on Christmas Eve, 1993, was put on hold after a USA district judge issued a stay and the state attorney general did not immediately appeal, officials said on Thursday. He recited the words, ending on the line “deliver us from evil”, his voice breaking slightly at times.
Florida’s death penalty laws have since been changed so that only a unanimous vote by a jury can condemn someone to death. Lambrix said he was innocent. The Florida Supreme Court however, has already ruled Lambrix’s case is too old to qualify for any relief.
Death Row inmate Michael Lambrix was set to become the second person in the state of Florida to be executed this year, as of Thursday evening.
Thursday night, Attorney General Pam Bondi announced all stays were denied and the execution moved forward as planned.
Lambrix’s execution was scheduled for 2016, but was put on hold after the Supreme Court’s ruling, which stated jurors were not given adequate authority over death sentences.
He’s been on death row now for almost 34 years and the governor who signed his first death warrant – Bob Martinez – left office in 1991.
He and his roommate, Frances Smith, had met the victims at a bar, and returned to their trailer to eat spaghetti and continue the party, prosecutors said. Smith testified against Lambrix during his trial, saying Lambrix asked each woman individually to go outside with him, then returned to the trailer covered in blood.
Lambrix also said Moore killed Bryant. Investigators found the bodies, the tire iron and the bloody shirt.
He was convicted of killing Clarence Moore and Aleisha Bryant in 1983.
Before his death, Lambrix had told reporters that his execution would be “an act of cold-blooded murder”.
His first trial ended in a hung jury and he was convicted in a retrial.
A death row inmate scheduled to be executed Thursday night ordered a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings for his last meal, after spending 12 days on a hunger strike to protest his conviction.