Mark James Asay was sentenced to death in 1998 for the 1987 murders of Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell.
Along with his attorney, Mr. Asay sought a stay of execution arguing that he previoulsy lacked representation and the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hurst in Hurst vs. Florida calls into question the state's past death sentences. Other Florida officials also sought to stay the execution in order to understand the Hurst ruling and whether it can retroactively affect previous cases.
On March 2, the execution was stayed by the Florida Supreme Court in light of the Hurst ruling.
03-02-2016, Florida Supreme Court halts scheduled execution as uncertainty clouds death penalty, Miami Herald
01-20-2016, U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Florida's death penalty system for giving more power to judges over juries, Monivette Cordeiro, Orlando Weekly
- Contact Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to halt this execution: contact him via this link, by phone at (850) 717-9337 or by tweet @FLGovScott. If you prefer to send a letter, here is the mailing address: Office of Governor Rick Scott, State of Florida, The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001.
- Call other members of the Florida Clemency Board: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi - (850) 414-3300, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater - (850) 413-2820, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam - (850) 245-1000.
- If you live in Florida, write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
- Please share this information with your friends, especially those in Florida, and ask them to help halt the execution of Mr. Asay by taking one of the actions listed above.
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