Convicted killer's attorney to ask for block of lethal injection

6:54 AM, Oct 21, 2011   |    comments
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Pinellas County, Florida --  Oba Chandler's attorney is scheduled to ask a judge this afternoon to block the lethal injection of the 65-year-old who was convicted of murdering a mother and her two teenage daughters in 1989.

Chandler's attorney says he will argue the some of judge's findings during the penalty phase should have been made by a jury.

Governor Rick Scott signed Chandler's death warrant last week, scheduling the state to use lethal injection to put Chandler to death at 4pm on November 15th.

The bodies of 36-year-old Joan Rogers and her daughters, 17-year old Michelle and 14-year-old Christie were found in Tampa Bay near the Pier.

St. Pete Police detectives say Chandler invited the women, who were vacationing from Ohio for a sunset cruise.  Once out on the water, police say Chandler stripped them of their clothes, tied their hands and feet and tied a cement block to their necks before throwing them overboard.

Read:  Detectives:  "Oba Chandler deserves to be executed

It took detectives nearly three years to finally track down the killer.  It was a handwriting sample that they posted on billboards that led them to Chandler.  A palm print on that handwriting sample confirmed they had their man.

Chandler will not attend the 1pm hearing, but will join in via a phone line from state prison.

10 News will have a crew there. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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