After spending 28 years on death row, serial killer and rapist David Alan Gore was executed by lethal injection at the Florida State prison for the 1983 murder of 17-year-old Lynn Elliott.
According to prison officials, Gore was pronounced dead at 6:19 p.m. last night. Just prior to being put to death, when Gore was asked if he had any final statement to make, he answered in the affirmative.
Gore, 58, was quoted by ABC News as saying, I want to say to the Elliott family, I am sorry for the death of your daughter. I am not the man I was back then, 28 years ago. I am a Christian. Christ lives within me. I hope you can find peace today.
After saying he hoped the family had it in their hearts to forgive him, he concluded by saying, "I don't fear death."
Gore spent years filing appeals against the sentence. In 1989, a judge vacated the death sentence on the grounds that at the time Elliott was murdered, Gore was too drunk to know what he was doing. The sentence was reinstated by another judge three years later.
Gore's final appeal was dismissed by the United States Supreme Court just hours before the execution.
In rejecting pleas for clemency, Governor Rick Scott was quoted by the Tampa Bay Times saying, This was an individual whose crimes were heinous. He was convicted and sentenced to death. I can tell you, I pray about it. I pray for his family. I pray for his victims. It's not something I take lightly.
On July 26, 1986, Lynn Elliott was hitchhiking with a 14-year-old friend just north of Vero Beach. They were picked up by Gore and his cousin and taken at gunpoint to the home of Gore's parents who were away. The cousin left and Gore tied each of the girls up in different bedrooms. He then proceeded to rape both of them.
Lynn managed to get free and run out of the house, naked. She was followed by Gore, also naked. He caught her, dragged her back to the driveway, and shot her twice in the head.
The murder was witnessed by a boy who called police. Gore was arrested and the 14-year-old girl rescued.
After Gore was arrested, he confessed to the killing of five other girls and women. He led police to where four of the bodies were hidden. Gore was convicted of those other murders and received life sentences.
The execution was witnessed by some members of the victims' families as well as law enforcement officials. Carl Elliott, Lynn's father, was quoted by the Daily Mail saying, For us it's been a nightmare, because I just turned 81. I was beginning to think that I might die before he did.
And Mike Daley, whose wife was killed by Gore in 1981, said, I've been waiting for this day for years. I would've saved the state a lot of money if they let me. I'd do it myself and have no qualms about it.
Gore was the 13th person to be put to death in the United States this year.