Fundraiser for Attorney General Pam Bondi bumps execution off the calendar, Bondi apologizes

Governor Scott goes along

TAMPA - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is expressing regret over a request she made to delay the execution of a convicted killer.  

Critics say Bondi put politics over justice.

Marshall Lee Gore raped and murdered 30-year-old Robyn Novick near Miami in  1988.

The body of 19-year-old Susan Roark was found few months later.  

After two procedural delays, Gore's execution for those crimes was set for Tuesday, September 10.

But in advance of her campaign kickoff in Tampa Tuesday evening, the Attorney General's office   asked Governor Rick Scott to move the date of the execution back. And he agreed.

Asked by a reporter in Tallahassee if it was proper to delay an execution to hold a fundraiser, Rick Scott said, "Well we set the date. The Attorney General's office asked for a postponement so we went along with that."

The mother of one of Gore's victim's called the delay 'ridiculous'. 

Bondi who is known as an aggressive victim's advocate declined an interview Tuesday, but released a statement taking responsibility, saying in part:

"The planned execution of Marshall Lee Gore had already been stayed twice by the courts, and we absolutely should not have requested that the date of the execution be moved."

Governor Scott who supported a law this year that could speed up capital murder cases, indicated that he delayed this execution without knowing the reason why.

"We try to comply. When another cabinet member asks for something, we try to work with them" said Scott.

 Marshall Lee Gore's execution is now set for October 1.

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