Friends, The Florida Supreme Court has issued an indefinite stay of execution for John Marek who was scheduled to be killed on Wednesday, May 13, 2009.
Marek and co-defendant, Raymond Wigley were convicted of the 1983 kidnapping, rape and strangulation of Adella Simmons. Marek was sentenced to death, but Wigley received a life sentence. On Friday, the Florida Supreme Court rejected arguments that the disparity of the sentences was unconstitutional.
Today, however, the same court issued a stay in order to hear oral arguments beginning May 20 that Marek did not commit murder. Marek’s attorney, Marty McClain, introduced testimony from three men who say Wigley confessed to them that HE was the strangler, NOT Marek.
“The new evidence is very solid and the new evidence should require that Mr. Marek’ s death sentence be vacated,” McClain said.
Wigley died in prison in 2000. Ironically, he was strangled by a fellow inmate.
For more info, go to FADP’s “DP in the News”.
Per the Death Warrant signed by Gov. Charlie Crist, the execution of David Johnston for the killing of Mary Hammond remains scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at 6:00PM. When it comes to signing Death Warrants, Gov. Crist is the decider. Please call and leave a message for Gov. Crist at 850-488-7146.
For more on contacting our governor, go to FADP’s “Take Action” page.
Please stay tuned to FADP and the FADP.org website for more info as it develops.
Shine the light …
from Mark Elliot, Executive Director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty