TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is rejecting a final appeal from the killer of a 10-year-old-girl.
Elmer Leon Carroll is scheduled to die by lethal injection on May 29. He was convicted of raping and suffocating a girl after breaking into her Orange County home almost 23 years ago.
Carroll’s attorney argued that he should be spared for several reasons including that his client is mentally ill.
The Supreme Court rejected the arguments, including the mental illness claim. The court ruled that they were brought up at the last minute and cannot be made now.
Carroll killed Christine McGowan of Apopka, the night before Halloween in 1990. Carroll was living next door at a homeless men’s mission and was arrested within hours of the girl’s body being found.
Source: Associated Press