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Florida man convicted of murder wants off death row

Adam Davis is scheduled to have court hearing Thursday morning.
Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Adam Davis

A Florida man convicted and put on death row for his role in the brutal murder of his girlfriend's mother wants a new sentencing.

Adam Davis has a hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday in Hillsborough County Court.

Davis' lawyers in January said several boxes were found that could help their client's case.

Vicki Robinson's murder in 1998 shocked Carrollwood and the Tampa Bay area. The crime also gained national attention.

Davis, Robinson's daughter Valessa and another friend Jon Whispel plotted to kill Vicki Robinson. At the time, Davis was 19 and Valessa was 15.

Investigators said they killed Vicki because she didn't approve of Valessa's relationship and was planning to send her daughter to a Christian reform school.

Authorities found the three teens injected Vicki with bleach, stabbed her and stuffed her body in a garbage can.

Davis was put on death row. Whispel was sentenced to 25 years and is set to be released in 2020. Valessa was released from Homestead Correctional Institution in 2013.

In June 2017, Davis' sentence was vacated after his requests under the 2016 Hurst v. Florida ruling.

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