The life of a Florida man convicted of killing two people will be decided by a last-ditch appeal today, ahead of his scheduled death by lethal injection tonight.
Michael Lambrix, 57, was found guilty of murdering a man and his girlfriend after a night of partying. Lambrix claimed one of the victims killed the other and his actions were merely self defense, but in two trials, juries voted 8-4 and 10-2 for death.
Clarence Moore and Aleisha Bryant were killed in southern Florida after going to the trailer Lambrix shared with roommate Frances Smith, prosecutors said. Smith testified against Lambrix during his trial, saying Lambrix asked each woman individually to go outside with him, then returned to the trailer covered in blood.
Lambrix’s execution is the state’s second since restarting executions in August, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Florida’s execution system was unconstitutional in January 2016. A new sentencing system