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Emails: Families 'okay' with execution delay

A day after Attorney General Pam Bondi's apology for causing the delay of an execution that was on the same night as her campaign fundraiser, her office released emails suggesting the victims' families were “okay” with the postponement.

The emails were disclosed Wednesday after The Tampa Tribune filed a public records request.

On Aug. 19, Carolyn Snurkowski—the deputy A.G. in charge of criminal appeals and a 40-year veteran of the office—wrote to Bondi chief of staff Carlos Muniz: “The families have been contacted and are okay. As soon as I get the Gov's letter telling the warden about the date I will notice the courts about the change of date.”

Muniz wrote in response: “Got it. Thanks. They had not told me of the final resolution, so it was good to get your call.”

Bondi apologized on Tuesday for causing the delay of the execution of Marshall Lee Gore from Sept. 10 to Oct. 1.

The state's attorneys general historically have cleared their schedules on execution dates to deal with last-minute legal challenges.

Gov. Rick Scott, who actually ordered the delay, has said he didn't know Bondi was holding a fundraiser on the same evening and that he and Bondi never spoke directly about the date change.

“Her office contacted my office and asked for a postponement, so that's what I did,” Scott told reporters on Sept. 9.

Bondi, a Republican, is running unopposed.

Gore's execution had been scheduled twice before this year but it was postponed amid ongoing questions over his sanity.

He was convicted of the 1988 killing of Robyn Novick, a 30-year-old exotic dancer whose naked body was found in a rural part of Miami-Dade County, partly covered by a blue tarpaulin.

Gore was also sentenced to die for the slaying that same year of Susan Roark, whose body was found a few months later in north Florida.

In addition to the two death sentences, Gore was given seven life sentences plus another 110 years in a case involving the attempted murder of a third woman.

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