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Scott Schedules October Execution In Double Murder

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

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday scheduled an Oct. 5 execution for Cary Michael Lambrix, a Death Row inmate convicted of killing Aleisha Bryant and Clarence Moore in 1983 after escaping from a work-release program.

Scott ordered Lambrix to be put to death last year, but the Florida Supreme Court put the executions of Lambrix and Mark James Asay on hold after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the state's death-penalty sentencing system. The death warrant for Lambrix issued Friday came little more than a week after Asay was executed by lethal injection, in the state's first execution in 19 months.

According to court documents, Lambrix met Bryant and Moore at a LaBelle bar and invited the pair to his mobile home for a spaghetti dinner. Lambrix went outside with Bryant and Moore individually, then returned to finish the dinner with his girlfriend. Bryant's and Moore's bodies were found buried near Lambrix's trailer.

Lambrix was originally scheduled to be executed in 1988, but the Florida Supreme Court issued a stay of that execution. A federal judge lifted the stay in 1992.