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20050720: Florida high court overturns one death sentence, upholds four others FL Talahassee Serial Killer News
The Florida Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence of a man convicted of a 1996 Highlands County murder, but rejected appeals from four other death row inmates.

The court ordered that Donny Crook's death sentence be thrown out and that he instead be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for the fatal stabbing and beating of a bar owner.

The court said that while Crook brutally killed the victim, the sentencing judge overlooked mitigating factors, including evidence from medical experts that Crook had brain damage and was borderline mentally retarded.

The Supreme Court rejected appeals from Michael Duane Zack, a drifter convicted of killing two women he met at beach bars in the Florida Panhandle; Scott Mansfield, convicted of the grisly killing of Sara Robles in Kissimmee in 1995; Robert Eugene Hendrix, convicted of killing his cousin and his cousin's wife in 1990 in Lake County; and Michael Robinson, sentenced to death for a 1994 Orange County murder.
 


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