MIAMI, Florida – Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a death warrant Monday for a man convicted of fatally stabbing a woman after escaping custody from a life sentence for killing an officer. went.
Donald David Dilbeck, 59, is to die February 23 by lethal injection for the 1990 murder of Faye Wan in Tallahassee. This will be the first execution in the state of Florida since Gary Ray Bowles in 2019.
According to a Florida Supreme Court ruling, Dilbeck had escaped custody two days earlier while serving a life sentence for the 1979 death of Lee County Deputy Sheriff Dwight Lynn Hall.
According to the governor’s office, Dilbeck fled while attending an off-site business event in Quincy. According to court records, he bought a knife while walking to Tallahassee in a nearby county, then stabbed Vann, who was waiting in a car for family members shopping, and took his car.
The killer crashed nearby before being caught.
what is known about his first kill
He had served an 11-year life sentence after being convicted for murdering Hall. According to court records, Hall had approached Dilbeck in a Fort Myers Beach parking lot and Dilbeck fled.
As Hall caught up to him, Dilbeck grabbed Hall’s gun and shot him twice. According to the governor’s office, Dilbeck confessed to the murder.
DeSantis signed Dilbeck’s death warrant on Monday, the same day he said he wished Florida no longer required unanimous juries to impose the death penalty.
DeSantis criticized that the death penalty requires a unanimous jury.
In 2017, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law that aligned state law with a United States Supreme Court ruling that deemed the death penalty “unconstitutional” by a simple majority vote and required unanimous consent. Is required. Jury. ,
Florida’s governor said Monday that Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in February 2018, was able to avoid the death penalty because the jury failed to reach a unanimous vote.
DeSantis, who was sworn in for a second term this month, last signed a death warrant in September 2019 for the execution of James Daley, who was convicted of the 1985 murder of 14-year-old Shelley Boggio. But the execution was delayed by the courts and never rescheduled.
According to a website dedicated to the death penalty in Florida, 101 convicts have been executed since 1976 and there are 323 people, three of whom are women, waiting on “death row” for their sentences.