Crist signs death warrant for park ranger killerby Dara Kam | January 12th, 2010
Gov. Charlie Crist signed a death warrant for Martin Grossman, convicted of murdering a Pinellas County wildlife officer in 1984.
Grossman was 19 years old when he and a friend went to a wooded area in Pinellas County on Dec. 13, 1984 to shoot a stolen handgun.
Florida Wildlife Officer Margaret Park interrupted them and Grossman pleaded with her not to report him for having the gun and being outside Pasco County, both of which were violations of his probation for burglery.
Grossman struck Park on the back of the head when she tried to radio for help and his accomplice beat her.
Grossman, who was a foot taller and 100 pounds heavier than Park, wrestled her gun away from her and shot her in the back of the head.
The Florida Supreme Court issued stays of execution for two other Death Row inmates Crist had ordered to be put to death. Including Grossman, Crist has ordered seven Death Row inmate executions since taking office in 2007.
Those cases are still pending.