Gov. Scott strips State Attorney Ayala's office of two more death penalty cases

By: Samantha Manning


TALLAHASSEE - Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued new executive orders Wednesday taking two death penalty cases away from State Attorney Aramis Ayala after she announced her office would not pursue capital punishment in any prosecution.

State Attorney Brad King was assigned the cases in Ayala’s stead. 

One of the cases involves the re-sentencing of Jermaine Foster, who was sentenced to death in 1994 after being convicted of robbing and kidnapping four people at an Osceola County bar.

He killed two of the victims in Orange County.

The second case involves Robert Cardin, who is accused of killing his mother and brother in May at their Orange County home.

The two new cases are on top of more than two dozen other cases that Scott has removed Ayala from since her death penalty announcement.

Earlier in August Scott removed Ayala from the murder case against Everett Miller, who is accused of gunning down two Kissimmee officers while they responded to a call.

Scott, Ayala and King did not respond to Channel 9’s requests for comment.

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