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Crist signs death warrant for park ranger killer

by 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.

089742Grossman is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.

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.

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5 Responses to “Crist signs death warrant for park ranger killer”

  1. Yvonne Says:

    After looking at this over weight goiter neck man it is favor to him to put him to death. How and the hell does he fit in his cell? I mean he is so fat. Wow, the death penalty criminals are eating well in the State Prisons. I wonder what he will request for his last meal, I am guessing a McDonalds resturant.

  2. jcs Says:

    why is he still here anyway????

  3. Pico Says:

    It was a State Law Enforcement Officer (Fish & Game) that he murdered. Not a “Park Ranger”

  4. john Says:

    I remember this case. This man does not receive the death penalty. he was high on drugs, drunk and paranoid. It is a crim to give him the death penalty, he should be put in a mental ward or life in prison

  5. JUDAH Says:

    please advise where to find grossman’s plea and his lawyer’s claim of his mental condition. do you have a link to those details?

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