Florida set to execute convicted double murderer

By Associated Press
Published On: Apr 23 2014 08:55:52 AM EDT
Updated On: Apr 23 2014 10:49:19 AM EDT
STARKE, Fla. -

Florida is set to execute a man convicted of killing his cousin and his cousin's wife to prevent the cousin from testifying at his burglary trial.

Robert Hendrix is scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Florida State Prison in Starke. He was convicted of the 1990 murders of Elmer and Michelle Scott at their Lake County home.

Prosecutors say the 47-year-old Hendrix killed them because Elmer Scott intended to testify against him. But Hendrix's attorney says there is no forensic evidence linking his client to the murders and that the witnesses against him were unreliable.

Hendrix is asking a court stay to block the execution.

Hendrix would be the fourth person executed in Florida this year and the 16th since Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011.

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