Prosecutor Misses Filing Deadline To Seek Death Penalty

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida prosecutor who recently reversed a blanket policy against executions has missed the filing deadline to pursue the death penalty in a murder case.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala issued a statement Friday acknowledging the lapsed deadline. Her office filed to seek the death penalty against 33-year-old Emerita Mapp on Oct. 31, but the 45-day deadline between indictment and that filing had passed.

Mapp’s attorneys filed a motion Wednesday to stop the state from seeking the death penalty.

State Attorney Aramis Ayala talks to reporters after her lawyer asked the Florida Supreme Court to return 24 murders cases Gov. Rick Scott reassigned to another prosecutor because Ayala won’t seek the death penalty. The court heard arguments Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Tallahassee, Fla. Photo: AP Photo/Brendan Farrington.

After Ayala previously announced she’d stop seeking the death penalty, Gov. Rick Scott reassigned her death penalty eligible cases to another prosecutor. The Florida Supreme Court upheld him.

Authorities say Mapp fatally stabbed one man during a robbery and seriously wounded another at a hotel in April.