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Florida Gov. Rick Scott orders execution for Glades County man convicted of double murder

Michael Ray Lambrix
Michael Ray Lambrix Fla. Dept. of Corrections

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday ordered the execution of a man convicted in two 1983 killings.

Michael Ray Lambrix, 55, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Feb. 11, 2016, at the Florida State Prison near Starke. His is the second execution already planned in the new year, even as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a challenge to Florida’s death penalty laws.

Lambrix was convicted in Glades County for murdering Aleisha Bryant and Clarence Moore Jr., according to state records. Lambrix and his girlfriend invited them to their trailer. He then beat Moore to death with a tire iron and strangled Bryant after kicking her in the head.

Outside groups, including Amnesty International, have contested this version of events.

An Amnesty International alert from February of this year alleges that the key witness against Lambrix had given inconsistent statements to police and that another witness later recanted her statements.

Lambrix’s execution and the planned January execution of Oscar Ray Bolin come as the state’s death penalty is being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court has heard arguments and will rule next year on Hurst vs. Florida, which challenges the system by which death sentences are handed down in Florida. This is the only state that allows a simple majority of jurors to recommend the death penalty.

Lambrix’s is one such case.

The jury recommended he be executed for Bryant’s murder by a 10-2 vote and for the death of Moore by an 8-4 vote.

Contact Michael Auslen at mauslen@tampabay.com. Follow @MichaelAuslen.

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