Thursday, September 28, 2006

Supreme Court to hear Rolling's Appeal

Article published Sep 27, 2006

Fla. Supreme Court to hear Rolling's appeal

By Bill Cotterell
Capitol Bureau

One week before he is scheduled to die for the murders of five Gainesville-area students, the Florida Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on any late appeals from Danny Rolling.

Gov. Jeb Bush has signed a death warrant setting Rolling's execution for 6 p.m. on Oct. 25.

The Supreme Court today ordered that any issues filed at the circuit court level be concluded by Oct. 9, with a notice of appeal -- if any -- filed with Florida's highest court on the following day. Attorneys will then have two days to file briefs and the justices reserved Oct. 18 for oral arguments.

Rolling was sentenced to die for the slayings of five students whose murders in 1990 spread fear through the university community.

A.D. Rutherford, a Milton native, is set to be executed the week before Rolling, on Oct. 18. He is sentenced to death for the beating and drowning death of Stella Salamon on Aug. 22, 1985.

Rutherford, who got a stay from a January execution date, has exhausted his state appeals. He still has appeals pending in federal court.

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