Supreme Court denies execution stay for Fla. man
STARKE, Fla. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for the man convicted of raping and strangling a young girl 22 years ago near Orlando.
The court denied Elmer Carroll's application on Wednesday, hours before he is scheduled to die by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison in Starke.
The petition was the final attempt to stop the execution. Carroll's lawyers argued he should have been considered mentally ill at the time of the murder.
The 56-year-old man was indicted on a count of first-degree murder and sexual battery for the rape and murder of 10-year-old Christine McGowan in November 1990. The girl's stepfather found her dead in her bedroom.
Carroll was living at a halfway house for homeless men next to the girl's home in Apopka.
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