Scott sets execution for Oba Chandlerby Dara Kam | October 10th, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott signed a death warrant- his second since taking office in January – for Oba Chandler, convicted of murdering a mother and her two daughters more than two decades ago.
Scott ordered Chandler to be put to death on Nov. 15. The death warrant comes less than two weeks after convicted cop killer Manuel Valles was executed by lethal injection using Florida’s contested new drug protocol.
Chandler, 65, has been on Death Row for nearly 17 years after being convicted of killing 36-year-old Joan Rogers and her daughters Michelle, 17, and Christe, 11, Ohio tourists on vacation in Tampa.
The bodies of the three women were found tied and weighted in Tampa Bay. All three were naked from the waist down, tied up and weighted down from the neck by a cinder block. Medical examiners determined all three women died from asphyxiation from being strangled by the ropes or by drowning. The autopsies revealed the women were alive when Chandler threw them overboard from a boat.
Chandler is one of more than two dozen of the 395 inmates on Death Row inmates considered “death warrant-ready,” meaning their federal and state appeals have run out.