Stay of execution lifted for escort service owner Marshall Lee Gore

10:40 AM, Jun 28, 2013   |    comments
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MIAMI, Florida (AP) - A federal appeals court has lifted the stay of execution for a former escort service owner convicted in the slayings of two Florida women.

The Miami Herald reports the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the stay on Thursday for 49-year-old Marshall Lee Gore. His execution was scheduled for Monday, but the court issued the stay hours before he was to receive a lethal injection.

A new date for the execution has not yet been set.

Gore's attorneys argue that he's mentally ill. One previous lawyer claimed Gore was "mentally deranged" and not responsible for his actions. But several judges concluded he was using a claim of mental illness to manipulate the judicial process.

A panel of doctors concluded that Gore was mentally competent to be executed.

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