According to a news release from the Florida Department of Corrections, a man who had been sentenced to death in Florida for the 1989 murder of a couple was put to death on Wednesday night.
According to court records, Louis Gaskin received a death sentence in 1990 for shooting Robert Sturmfels, 56, and Georgette Sturmfels, 55, to death on December 20, 1989. Documents show that on March 13 the execution warrant for Gaskin was signed by the governor, Ron DeSanits.
Since the death warrant was signed, Gaskin’s appeals have been denied by the state Supreme Court. According to court records, the most recent denial of a stay of execution was made by a judge on Tuesday.
Court records show that the jury’s 8-4 recommendation for the death penalty was accepted by the judge. According to court records, Gaskin was also found guilty of an attempted murder that night, as well as an armed robbery, burglary, and both.
According to CNN, Gaskin was executed six weeks after Donald Dillbeck, 59, was executed for the 1990 murder of Faye Vann, 44, in Tallahassee, and three weeks before Darryl B. Barwick was set to be executed for the 1986 murder of Rebecca Wendt, 24, in Panama City.
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According to the government, Dillbeck, who passed away in February after receiving a lethal injection, was Florida’s 100th execution since the death sentence was reintroduced there in 1976.
According to the website of the prison department, the state had 298 inmates waiting to be executed when Gaskin was put to death. The lawyer representing Gaskin has been contacted by CNN for comment.
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