Friday, January 8, 2016

Florida executes serial killer after four-hour delay

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 9:41 AM

click image PHOTO VIA FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Oscar Ray Bolin Jr., convicted of killing three women in the Tampa Bay area in 1986, was executed via lethal injection Thursday night after a four-hour delay. 

The U.S. Supreme Court was reviewing a last-minute appeal for a stay past the scheduled execution time of 6 p.m., until justices denied the 53-year-old's appeal just before 10 p.m. The lethal injection cocktail started flowing into Bolin at 10:05 p.m., according to the Tampa Bay Times, and 11 minutes later he was pronounced dead. He did not have any last words, and his last meal consisted of a rib-eye steak, baked potato, salad, garlic bread, lemon meringue pie and a bottle of Coca-Cola. 

The Times reports Bolin was tried and found guilty 10 separate times for the murders of 25-year-old Natalie Blanche Holley, 17-year-old Stephanie Collins and 26-year-old Teri Lynn Matthews. All three women were found stabbed to death, and two had their heads bludgeoned. In Matthews' case, Bolin's half-brother testified Bolin woke him up and showed him a body wrapped in a sheet that made a whimpering nose. 

"He said his older brother claimed it was a woman who had been shot in a drug deal outside the Land O'Lakes post office," the Times says. "Phillip Bolin said he watched his brother try to drown her with a garden hose and beat her with a wood club."

Bolin was also connected by officials to a murder in Texas, where he kidnapped and raped a 30-year-old woman before strangling her. 

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