Judge Rejects Inmate Oba Chandler’s Appeal

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A state circuit court judge has rejected an appeal from an inmate scheduled to be executed next month.

Oba Chandler’s attorney argued in a hearing Friday that Chandler’s rights were violated at his 1994 trial. The attorney also said a jury should be seated to again decide whether he should live or die.

But Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Philip J. Federico ruled Monday that the argument by Baya Harrison III was insufficient. A call by The Associated Press to Harrison’s office was not immediately returned.

The 65-year-old Chandler was convicted in the 1989 murders of Joan Rogers and her teenage daughters, Michelle and Christe, of Ohio.

Chandler’s execution is schedule for Nov. 15. It’s the second execution ordered by Gov. Rick Scott since he took office in January.

Source: Associated Press