Posted: 3:44 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott reschedules execution due to Attorney General Pam Bondi’s fundraiser

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TAMPA, Fla. —

Politics have extended the life of a man who was scheduled to die on Florida's death row Tuesday.

Marshall Lee Gore was convicted of killing two Florida women.

Gore will now wait until next month to face his death sentence as a favor from Gov. Rick Scott to Attorney General Pam Bondi, who prosecuted the case.

The favor was not to conflict with a campaign fundraiser that Bondi has scheduled in her hometown of Tampa.

She can't be in two places at once, but some believe her priorities were in the wrong place.

Raising campaign money is a priority for any candidate. Bondi has now released a statement after being called out for asking that the convicted murderer's execution be delayed.

"As a prosecutor, there was nothing more important than seeing justice done, especially when it came to the unconscionable act of murder," Bondi said.

Bondi has a fundraiser planned in Tampa Tuesday night, the same night scheduled for the execution of Gore.

He was convicted of killing two women, one from south Florida, the other from north Florida, back in 1988.

A spokeswoman for Bondi said that the Sept. 10 fundraiser had been planned before the execution date was set, and that she asked Scott to move the execution date.

Scott was in West Palm Beach when Eyewitness News asked for a comment.

"Attorney General Bondi has responded. I'll let her respond to that," Scott said.

Scott had scheduled two earlier execution dates for Gore this summer, but both were scuttled because of legal battles about Gore's sanity.

Monday night, Bondi apologized.

"The planned execution of Marshall Lee Gore had already been stayed twice by the courts, and we absolutely should not have requested that the date of the execution be moved," Bondi said.

The execution is planned for Oct. 1.

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