Inmate Appeals to Florida Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida inmate set to be executed next month is asking the state’s Supreme Court to review a lower court’s decision not to reverse his conviction.

Robert Waterhouse’s appeal was filed Monday. Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a cross-appeal the same day.

The 65-year-old Waterhouse was sent to death row for the rape and murder of a 29-year-old woman in St. Petersburg in January 1980.

At the center of his latest appeal was a new witness, who said he saw Waterhouse leaving a bar with two men and not the victim on the night she was killed. Senior Circuit Judge Robert Beach rejected it after hearing testimony this month.

Waterhouse is scheduled to be executed Feb. 15.

Source: Associated Press