Serial killer David Alan Gore confessed to killing six women in Vero Beach and Indian River County throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Here are the events detailing his last murder victim, arrest, conviction and death sentence.
July 26, 1983: David Alan Gore and his cousin Fred Waterfield kidnap Regan Martin, 14, and Lynn Elliott, 17, who is shot to death.
Aug. 10, 1983: A grand jury indicts Gore on first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of sexual battery.
Dec. 7 1983: Gore leads police to site where three of his six murder victims were buried, including Orlando runaway Barbara Ann Byer, 35, Hsiang Huang Ling, 48, and her daughter, Ying Hau Ling, 17.
Jan. 6, 1984: Trial is shifted from Vero Beach to St. Petersburg.
March 16, 1984: Convicted of first-degree murder, a jury recommends Gore receive a death sentence by an 11-1 vote.
Aug. 22, 1985: The Florida Supreme Court affirms Gore’s first-degree murder conviction and death penalty.
Feb. 24, 1986: The U.S. Supreme Court denies reviewing an order by the Florida Supreme Court that denied Gore’s direct appeal.
Dec. 7, 1987: Clemency hearing is held and denied.
March 3, 1988: Gov. Bob Martinez signs Gore’s death warrant.
April 28, 1988: The Florida Supreme Court grants a stay of execution.
Aug. 18, 1988: The Florida Supreme Court affirms the trial court’s denial of Gore’s motion for post-conviction relief and denies his state Writ for Habeas Corpus, which is a petition filed seeking to determine whether an inmate is imprisoned lawfully.
Jan. 31, 1989: Gov. Bob Martinez signs Gore’s death warrant.
Feb. 14, 1989: The U.S. District Court grants a stay of execution.
Aug. 17, 1989: The U.S. District Court reverses Gore’s death sentence and orders a new penalty phase proceeding. A federal district judge rules 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.
Dec. 8, 1992: A jury unanimously recommends Gore receive a sentence of death.
July 17, 1997: The Florida Supreme Court affirms Gore’s death sentence.
Oct. 5, 1998: The U.S. Supreme Court denies a petition for Writ of Certiorari filed regarding the resentencing, which seeks review by a superior court of a judgment that has been rendered in a lower court.
July 5, 2007: The Florida Supreme Court affirms the trial court’s denial of Gore’s second motion for post-conviction relief and denies his second state petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, which seeks to determine whether or not an inmate is imprisoned lawfully.
Feb. 19, 2008: The U.S. Supreme Court denies a petition seeking review on the second motion for post-conviction relief.
May 5, 2009: The U.S. Supreme Court denies a petition seeking a review regarding Gore’s second federal petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, which had been denied April 11, 2008.
Feb. 28, 2012: After an executive clemency hearing is deemed not to be appropriate, Gov. Rick Scott signs Gore’s death warrant.
March 13, 2012: Status hearing held before Circuit Judge Dan L. Vaughn who denied Gore’s request to hold an evidentiary hearing related to claims he had inadequate legal counsel during his post-conviction relief proceedings; he also claims the clemency process in his case was applied in an arbitrary and capricious manner in violation of his U.S. constitutional rights.
March 21, 2012: Gore’s attorneys appeal Vaughn’s ruling to the Florida Supreme Court.
March 26, 2012: Gore’s attorneys file legal brief seeking to hold oral arguments before the state Supreme Court.
April 4, 2012: Florida Supreme Court holds oral arguments to hear Gore’s attorneys plea his legal claims.
Source: Gov. Rick Scott’s office, the Florida Supreme Court and the Commission on Capital Cases