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Scott Takes 2 More Murder Cases From Prosecutor

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Gov. Rick Scott has taken two more capital murder cases from a prosecutor who is opposed to the death penalty.

Scott signed executive orders Wednesday reassigning the cases from Orlando State Attorney Aramis Ayala to a prosecutor in a neighboring district.

State Attorney Brad King's office will handle a new sentencing for Jermaine Foster, who was previously sentenced to death following a 1994 murder conviction. The office also will prosecute Robert Cardin, who is charged with killing his elderly mother and brother in May.

Scott, a Republican, began taking cases away from Ayala, a Democrat, after her March announcement that she would no longer seek the death penalty. They argued the legality of this before the Florida Supreme Court in June, but no decision has been announced.