Fla. Supreme Court Removes Two Murderers From Death Row
Fla. Supreme Court removes two murderers from death row
Court removes two men from death row
Two double-murderers were spared execution Thursday after years on death row when the Florida Supreme Court ordered both to be resentenced to life without parole.
In one case, the justices decided that death would amount to unequal punishment; in the other, they said mitigating factors should have ruled out execution.
Robert McCloud, 35, faced capital punishment for the 2009 murders of Tamiqa Taylor, 26, and Dustin Freeman, 23, who were killed while McCloud and three other men tortured and robbed Wilkins Merlin, a drug dealer, according to court documents.
The group ransacked Merlin’s house, taking about $5,000 …