Florida is delaying the execution date of a former South Florida escort service owner because of a campaign fundraiser.
Gov. Rick Scott delayed the execution of convicted killer Marshall Lee Gore from Sept. 10 until Oct. 1 at the request of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Scott said Monday it was routine to accommodate requests from other officials. He told reporters he was unaware that the campaign event conflict was the reason.
"Her office contacted my office and asked for a postponement and that's what we did," Scott said. "I did not know."
The Sept. 10 execution date conflicted with the date of a Bondi fundraiser. Bondi's reason for wanting the date delayed was initially reported by The News Service of Florida.
Gore was convicted in the 1988 slaying of Robyn Novick, a 30-year-old exotic dancer. In addition to Novick, Gore also was sentenced to death for the slaying of Susan Roark, whose body was found in Columbia County the same year.