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“I seen her running down the road so I started running after her and I was hollering for her to stop, and when she wouldn’t, I shot over her head,” recalled Gore in a deposition. “I kept running after her and then she tripped and … she was trying, like, resisting, fighting me, so I throwed (sic) her to the ground. That’s when I shot her in the head.”
David Alan Gore, 58, was pronounced dead at 6:19 p.m.
Gore gave a hand-written statement before the execution process started.
“I would like to say to Mr. and Mrs. Elliott, that I truly am sorry for my part in the death of your daughter. I wish above all else my death could bring her back,” the statement said. “I am not the same man today that I was 28 years ago. When I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior, I became a new creature in Christ and I know God has truly forgiven me for my past sins.”
Update: 4.30 pm
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied all of David Alan Gore’s 11th-hour appeals, clearing the way for the scheduled 6 p.m. execution at Florida State Prison, officials said.
“The Supreme Court has denied everything,” said Assistant State Attorney Ryan Butler, adding officials received the information via telephone late this afternoon. “A written order of denial will be forthcoming.”
During the 4:30 p.m. media update, Florida Department of Corrections Communications Director Ann Howard announced Gore has prepared a hand-written a press statement. It won’t be released until the execution is completed.
When asked about the tone of the statement, she said, “I would say it’s remorseful.”
To the surprise of some, no formal protests — regarding Gore or the general execution process — were evident.
Gore received his last meal early this afternoon and was visited for an hour by his mother and an ex-wife in preparation for the execution.
STARKE — Condemned killer David Alan Gore has received his last meal and was visited for an hour by his mother and an ex-wife in preparation for his 6 p.m. execution at Florida State Prison.
Ann Howard, Florida Department of Corrections communications director, said it appears Gore’s execution is on schedule.
“So far so good,” she said. “We’re on schedule and things are looking normal for us.”
Gore is being executed for the July 1983 first-degree murder of Lynn Elliott, 17, of Vero Beach. He also confessed to killing five other women and girls.
During the 1:30 p.m. update, Howard said Gore was being visited by a religious advisor, but she didn’t say who it was, what religion the advisor represented or what they discussed.
He spent an hour visiting with his mother Velma Gore and an ex-wife, Howard said. She didn’t say which of Gore’s three wives had visited him.
Gore also has received his last meal, Howard confirmed.
“It was fried chicken, French fries, butter pecan ice cream and a soft drink,” she said. “So pretty simple.”
Gore’s demeanor today has been “calm,” Howard said, without elaborating.
Howard said prison officials have not received word on whether the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the two motions filed this week seeking to stop his execution.
State prosecutors on Wednesday indicated the high court would likely rule Thursday afternoon.
The next update on Gore’s execution is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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When David Alan Gore woke up today — the day of his scheduled execution — he had more interaction with people than he has had since his death warrant was signed six weeks ago.
After Gov. Rick Scott signed the warrant on Feb. 28 for the first-degree murder of Lynn Elliott in Vero Beach, Gore was moved from his 6-foot by 9-foot death row cell at Starke’s Union Correctional Institution to a 12-foot by 7-foot death watch cell at Starke’s Florida State Prison.
There, he has been secluded from all other death row inmates with whom he regularly got the chance to talk at the prison’s exercise yard. Gore also was allowed one legal and one social phone call, but officials did not release whether he used those privileges.
Gore on Thursday will have the opportunity to spend two hours with approved visitors. A religious adviser will meet with him, if he requests it. And he’ll have his last meal, which will be prepared by prison staff with local ingredients that cost no more than $40 total. Officials at the Florida Department of Corrections would not release details on these items.
Gore also had the opportunity to grant a final media interview, but declined it
While Gore was on death watch, prison officers checked him every 30 minutes to make sure he had not harmed himself, according to prison officials. During Gore’s last week, officers have had 24-hour in-person surveillance on him.
Shortly before 6 p.m., officers are scheduled to escort Gore through a quarter mile-long corridor to Florida’s execution chamber.
The chamber is a small room with hospital-white walls that are bare, except for a telephone, several mirrors and a large digital clock that hangs on one wall. A black curtain covers the execution witness room window.
Gore’s executioner will be an anonymous private citizen who is paid $150.
Extra prison staff will be on duty inside and outside the prison for heightened security. Highway patrols will keep the traffic moving across the street from the prison, where media representatives and protesters are expected.
“The atmosphere at the prison will be more somber,” said Randall Polk, assistant warden at the prison. “On that day, the staff is respectful, the inmates calm down. If you can get one of the inmates to tell you the truth, they’ll tell you they quiet down out of respect.”
Polk said the prison’s execution team was scheduled to perform a mock execution about a week ago, mimicking the method Gore has chosen for his death — lethal injection.
DEATH WATCH TIMELINE
After the governor signs the death warrant
The warden at Florida State Prison selects two executioners, who are 18 years old or older and are trained to perform an execution. The anonymous executioners are paid $150 each.
The warden designates the members of the execution team, who will perform such tasks as moving the inmate to the gurney and mixing the lethal chemicals.
Lethal chemicals are purchased and stored securely.
A week before the execution
The execution team reviews the inmate’s medical file and gives him a physical examination, making sure no medical issues will interfere with the administration of the lethal injection.
The execution team performs a mock execution.
A food service director will prepare the inmate’s last meal.
The inmate will shower.
Lethal injection chemicals are prepared. The inmate will be offered an intramuscular injection to ease anxiety.
The execution team establishes telephone communication with the governor’s office.
The warden reads the death warrant to the inmate.
Officers strap the inmate to the gurney in the execution chamber and insert one intravenous line on each of his arms.
Witnesses are secured
n the witness room. The witness room curtains open. The public address system is turned on.
The inmate says final words, if he chooses.
The primary executioner administers the lethal injection.
A physician pronounces the inmate’s time of death.
Florida Department of Corrections