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Judge denies serial killer Bobby Joe Long's request to avoid lethal injection

Posted at 2:42 PM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 14:42:58-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A judge has denied serial killer Boby Joe Long's motion to vacate judgment of conviction and sentence of death Monday afternoon.

Long was sentenced to death in 1985 after admitting to killing at least 10 women.

However, his attorneys argued that lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment because of his medical condition.

Attorneys argue lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment for Bobby Joe Long

The court found the claim to be procedurally barred and it has previously been rejected on the merits by the Florida Supreme Court.

"There is no legal authority which would permit or require this court to find the eighth amendment categorically bars defendant's execution because he suffers from severe traumatic brain injury. No relief is warranted on this claim," the court documents say.

The defense also submitted five other claims, each of which were struck down by the court.

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Long's death warrant was signed and his execution is scheduled for May 23, 2019.

To see the court's entire written decision, click here.