Florida Supreme Court rejects plea to stop pending execution

November 1, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is refusing to block the pending execution of a man convicted of killing two people.

The court ruled Wednesday against Patrick Hannon, who is scheduled to die Nov. 8.

Authorities say Hannon and two other men went to the Tampa apartment of 27-year-old Brandon Snider and 28-year-old Robert Carter in January 1991. One of the other men stabbed Snider several times when he answered the door, and then Hannon cut Snider’s throat.

Carter also lived in the apartment. He tried to hide, but Hannon followed and fatally shot him.

Hannon’s attorneys argued that his execution should be stopped for several reasons. The court rejected those arguments.

Justice Barbara Pariente dissented from Wednesday’s ruling and said the jury was not properly presented with information about Hannon’s background before recommending a death sentence.

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