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May 13, 2013

Miami-Dade killer Marshall Lee Gore to be executed next month, Gov. Rick Scott’s office says

Marshall Lee Gore, 49, was convicted in a string of rapes and attacks, including the 1988 murder of exotic dancer Robyn Novick.

A Death Row inmate has been scheduled to be executed next month for the murder of an exotic dancer whose nude body was discovered in a South Miami-Dade trash heap, Gov. Rick Scott’s office said Monday.

The killer: Marshall Lee Gore, 49, who raped, stabbed and strangled 30-year-old Robyn Novick in March 1988.

He will be executed at 6 p.m. June 24 at the Florida State Prison in Starke.

Gore is also on Death Row for the 1990 murder of a Tennessee woman, Susan Roark, whose body was found upstate in Columbia County.

He is also serving five life sentences and three 30-year prison terms for an attack on another Miami-Dade exotic dancer whom he also beat, raped and stabbed in 1988. She survived — after Gore dumped her near the same spot where he discarded Novick’s body.

Gore’s 1995 trial in Miami was marked by disruptive behavior. He cursed, laughed and howled during the trial, angering the victim’s family and frustrating his own lawyer.

The Florida Supreme Court, in 1998, overturned the conviction after ruling that the prosecutor on the case “exceeded the proper conduct and professionalism” in taunting Gore and telling a jury “he deserves to die.”

In 1999, Gore was re-tried, convicted and sentenced to death.

Novick, a native of Ohio who drove a 1987 Corvette convertible, had worked as a credit representative for a car loan company. The woman later turned to nude dancing at Fort Lauderdale’s Solid Gold but disappeared after going to meet a mysterious man named Tony.

Miami-Dade police said that man was Gore, then 24 and just out of federal prison. Gore was later captured in Kentucky after kidnapping the son of the dancer who survived.

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