Rick Scott Inks Another Death Warrant: 65-Year-Old Oba Chandler Is Next

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Gov. Rick Scott signed a death warrant to give a lethal juicing to the second inmate of his governorship -- this time for 65-year-old triple murderer Oba Chandler.

The execution is scheduled for 4 p.m. on November 15, but don't be surprised if that doesn't get delayed at some point.

Scott has now signed death warrants for two people -- both over age 60 -- and whereas executed cop killer Manuel Valle spent 30 years on death row, Chandler's been waiting around for just 17 years.

Around 100 of the 395 people on death row in Florida who've been waiting around to be executed longer than Chandler, including 64-year-old Gary Alvord, who was sentenced to death in 1974.

According to the Florida Commission on Capital Cases, Chandler killed Joan Rogers and her two daughters, Michelle and Christe, more than 22 years ago.

Rogers and her two daughters were on vacation in Tampa from Ohio and checked into their hotel on June 1, 1989.

After a week of noticing that the family hadn't been in the hotel room, housekeeping staff called the cops.

Police found Rogers' car abandoned near the Courtney Campbell Causeway, with a brochure inside containing directions written by Chandler.

The cops found all three of the women on June 4 -- naked from the waist down, arms and legs bound, with a cinder block tied by a rope around their necks.

Autopsy results showed the women died either from asphyxiation from the ropes around their necks or from drowning.

After police made a connection between the murders and another rape in the area -- which was printed in local news reports -- Chandler left the area.

He lived with his family for the next few years -- including some time spent in Broward County -- before finally being arrested and charged in September 1992.

Since his conviction, Chandler has lost seven appeals of his death sentence in various courts.

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took way too long
took way too long

Today is a wonderful day. That piece of garbage oba chandler, along with another pos in Ohio, has been executed. Good riddance to bad garbage. I wish they would clean out all of the death chambers in the states that have them. I would work for free, (or I would even PAY them), and pay for my own travel expenses.  That retarder tree hugger Sitter Helen Prejann and YOU, can kiss my A$$!!!!!!

Chaz's Momma
Chaz's Momma

Funny how you progressives are so anti-death penalty, but your so Pro baby killing.Just another example of how fucktarded you lefties are.


Chaz get off your pedestal and go hug a tree you moron or save a whale or the rain-forest or whatever. Better yet move your bleeding heart to the UK where they let evil monsters like Mr.Chandler off with a slap on the wrist. Hell he would be out on parole by now and armed with a new identity to boot, at taxpayers expense mind you, to keep him safe from the "evil" masses. I wonder how you would feel if this was your family that was raped, weighted, and thrown overboard while still alive? His death will be easy and peaceful compared to his victims. You are in the minority you know when it comes to the death penalty. I bet you had a good cry when they executed that scum in Texas last week for dragging poor James Byrd to death, or Troy Davis in another state, who BTW was 100% guilty. The only reason the death penalty cost so much is because of lying unscrupulous POS scum of the earth attorneys. I hope someone like Oba Chandler take you and your family our on a little boat ride sometime.  

Anyway, GOD BLESS TEXAS!!!!  Plus Florida and Governor Scott!!

Good riddance Mr. Chandler you filthy POS scum.

I wish they would clean out death row all over the US in one night or two, and i would have NO problem working all night flipping the proverbial switch so to speak.


There should be a proviso in these executions that require the Guv who signs it must be the actual executioner

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Executions are carried out at staggering cost to taxpayers.

It costs far more to execute a person than to keep him or her in prison for life. A New Jersey Policy Perspectives report concluded that when the state had the death penalty, it cost New Jersey taxpayers $253 million since 1983, a figure that is over and above the costs that would have been incurred had the state utilized a sentence of life without parole instead of death.  (New Jersey abolished capital punishment in December 2007).

"From a strictly financial perspective, it is hard to reach a conclusion other than this: New Jersey taxpayers over the last 23 years have paid more than a quarter billion dollars on a capital punishment system that has executed no one," the report concluded.

Michael Murphy, former Morris County, NJ prosecutor, remarked: "If you were to ask me how $11 million a year could best protect the people of New Jersey, I would tell you by giving the law enforcement community more resources. I'm not interested in hypothetical or abstractions; I want the tools for law enforcement to do their job, and $11 million can buy a lot of tools.


Sounds to me that it's not the executions that are problematic but the red tape surrounding them. If they modified laws to do away with the 20 years of bullshit (now that we have DNA it should not take as long to confirm), then it would not be a costly measure. Since your argument is a financial one, then let's fast track it and put these dogs down.

But then I'm sure most of you would raise another argument. I love that people are trying to attack this from a financial end. That's an easy fix.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

Florida's figure is more like $14 million per inmate times 395. But the supporters of execution, as we heard at the GOP debate when mass murderer Rick Perry was being questioned, are a crazed, blood-thirsty lynch mob. They don't want justice for the victims; they want vengeance; they'd prefer torture, burning at the stake, something like that. No trial, no quibbling, just string 'em up and hang 'em high. They're sick, mentally. They don't care how much it costs. 

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Okay Fred.

To your suggestion that we build a drive-thru Death Row (BTW, are you from Texas?), let me say this.

138 innocent folks have been taken off death row.  Does that ring a fucking bell with your blood-thirsty mind?  138 people, who did not commit the crime, were sentenced to death by the government.  The Innocence Project accounts for 112 of them.

How about these problems...  Let's see if we can fast-track their solution.

Capital punishment does not deter crime.

Scientific studies have consistently failed to demonstrate that executions deter people from committing crime any more than long prison sentences. Moreover, states without the death penalty have much lower murder rates. The South accounts for 80% of U.S. executions, and has the highest regional murder rate.

Race plays a role in determining who lives and who dies.

Since 1977, blacks and whites have been the victims of murders in almost equal numbers, yet 80% of the people executed in that period were convicted of murders involving white victims.

The death penalty is applied at random. Politics, quality of legal counsel, and the jurisdiction in which a crime is committed are more often the determining factors in a death penalty case than the facts of the crime itself. The death penalty is a lethal lottery: of the 22,000 homicides committed every year, approximately 150 people are sentenced to death. Capital punishment goes against almost every religion.

Although isolated passages of religious scripture have been quoted in support of the death penalty, almost all religious groups in the United States regard executions as immoral. The U.S. is keeping company with notorious human rights abusers.  The vast majority of countries in Western Europe, North America and South America — more than 128 nations worldwide — have abandoned capital punishment in law or in practice. Year after year, only three countries execute more prisoners than the United States – China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. Millions of dollars could be diverted to helping the families of murder victims.  Many family members who have lost love ones to murder feel that the death penalty will not heal their wounds nor end their pain, and the extended process prior to executions can prolong the agony experienced by the family. Funds now being used for the costly process of executions could be used to help families put their lives back together through counseling, restitution, crime victim hotlines, and other services addressing their needs. Bad lawyers are a persistent problem.

Perhaps the most important factor in determining whether a defendant will receive the death penalty is the quality of the representation he or she is provided. Almost all defendants in capital cases cannot afford their own attorneys. In many cases, the appointed attorneys are overworked, underpaid, or lacking the trial experience required for death penalty cases. There have even been instances in which lawyers appointed to a death case were so inexperienced that they were completely unprepared for the sentencing phase of the trial. Other appointed attorneys have slept through parts of the trial, or arrived at the court under the influence of alcohol.

Life without parole is a sensible alternative to the death penalty

Almost every state in the U.S. now has life in prison without parole. Unlike decades ago, a sentence of life without parole generally means exactly what it says – convicts locked away in prison until they die. Unlike the death penalty, a sentence of life in prison without parole allows mistakes to be corrected or new evidence to come to light.


"mass murderer Rick Perry"? Dirtbags are arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced, often well before the current governor is even elected and you have the audacity to call the execution of a scumbag such as this murder? May your wife, mother or child come upon one of the maggots you may indeed think differently. It's easy to carry a sign and whine about this. Want it changed, work to change laws, not denigrate the people duly elected to carry them out.

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