David Alan Gore, Florida serial killer, scheduled to be executed April 12

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Governor Rick Scott on Tuesday signed a death warrant for David Alan Gore , convicted in the first-degree murder of Lynn Elliott in July 1983.

After spending more than 25 years on death row, Gore, 56, is scheduled to be executed at Florida State Prison on April 12, at 6 p.m., according to a letter Gov. Scott sent Tuesday to Warden Steven Singer.

In his letter to Singer, Scott designated that Gore's execution should be carried out between noon Thursday April 12, through noon on Thursday April 19.

In July 1983, David Alan Gore and his cousin, Fred Waterfield , picked up Lynn Elliott, 17, and Regan Martin, 14, as the two Vero Beach girls were hitchhiking to Wabasso Beach.

Gore, 29 at the time, was a former auxiliary deputy with the Indian River County Sheriff s Office on probation for armed trespassing. He and Waterfield, 30 at the time, also of Vero Beach, handcuffed Elliott and Martin and drove them to Gore's parents house on Fifth Street Southwest on the outskirts of Vero Beach where they raped the girls.

Elliott was shot as she tried to escape.

A 15-year-old Vero Beach boy riding past the scene on his bicycle later testified he saw Gore chase down and shoot Elliott twice in the head. The boy made an anonymous 911 call to authorities, leading to Martin's rescue by police and the end to a reign of terror by the Killing Cousins that included the rape of seven women and murder of six.

In 1984, a Pinellas County jury found Gore guilty of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and three counts of sexual battery in connection with Elliott s death and the abduction of Elliott and Martin.

Through interviews with Gore and Waterfield and a comprehensive investigation, authorities also uncovered evidence that Gore had killed six women between February 1981 and July 1983. Most were raped, some were tortured and some were dismembered and buried in hidden graves in citrus groves west of Vero Beach.

The discoveries led to Gore being convicted of murdering Barbara Ann Byer, Angelica LaVallee, Judy Kaye Daley, Hsiang Huang Ling and her daughter, Ying Hua Ling and sentenced to five consecutive life terms that were tacked on to his death sentence.

In 1989, a federal district judge overturned Gore's death sentence, ruling Gore should have been allowed to introduce evidence substantiating his claim he was drunk at the time of Elliott's murder and not in complete control of his actions.

But at a resentencing hearing in November 1992, the then-24 Martin testified that Gore had not been drunk he was not slurring his words, his eyes weren't bloodshot and she did not smell alcohol on his breath during her ordeal.

At the end of the hearing in Fort Pierce, a jury unanimously resentenced Gore to the electric chair. Since then, the state has switched to lethal injections as its method of execution. Gore, now 57, is on death row at the Union Correctional Facility in Raiford.

In July 1997 and March 1998, the Florida Supreme Court twice reaffirmed Gore's conviction and death sentence.

Waterfield was convicted of manslaughter in Elliott's death and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was found guilty of first-degree murder in the cases of Byer and LaVallee, two of Gore's victims and is serving two life sentence without the possibility of parole at the Okeechobee Correctional Institution.

Waterfield, now 58, has filed numerous appeals to the manslaughter conviction in Elliott's death, claiming he left the house as soon as he, Gore, Elliott and Martin arrived there. In 1995, he filed a 1,300-page motion to dismiss the manslaughter conviction and sentence.

A motion filed in October 1998 claimed Gore had recanted his trial testimony implicating Waterfield in the murders of Elliott, Byer and LaVallee. Waterfield alleged Gore had implicated him because prosecutors threatened Gore with the death penalty in each of the half-dozen murders. Both the motions were denied.