Angela Hommell, pictured in 1976

“I don’t believe in the death penalty. I’m Roman Catholic and in Germany we think the death penalty is barbaric,” Hommell said during a March interview with Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers. “If he does get killed on (April) 12, that’s going to be a bad day for me, or any day therefore, you know.”

By Melissa E. Holsman

VERO BEACH — A Colorado woman who in 1976 accused David Alan Gore of sexually assaulting her at gunpoint in a local orange grove is urging state officials to stop the condemned serial killer’s Thursday execution for the murder of a 17-year-old girl.

Angela Hommell, 56, a German native who lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., calls herself a rape survivor. And despite the trauma and death threats she says she endured July 21, 1976 after being abducted by Gore and his cousin Fred Waterfield, she said she’s been distraught over Gore’s scheduled execution since February when Florida officials notified her that his case was undergoing a clemency review.

“I don’t believe in the death penalty. I’m Roman Catholic and in Germany we think the death penalty is barbaric,” Hommell said during a March interview with Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers. “If he does get killed on (April) 12, that’s going to be a bad day for me, or any day therefore, you know.”

Gore is set to be executed at 6 p.m. Thursday at Florida State Prison in Starke for the July 26, 1983 murder of Vero Beach resident Lynn Elliott, under a death warrant Gov. Rick Scott signed Feb. 28.

Gore also pleaded guilty to murdering two woman and three girls in Indian River County between 1981 and 1983.

OTHER VICTIMS

Click here to see a photo gallery and read details about each of Gore’s victims – the ones he killed as well as those whom he let go.

According to Hommell and court records, Gore and Waterfield sexually assaulted Hommell when she reached out to Waterfield to help repair two flat tires she discovered on her car. Waterfield was friends with her ex-husband, she said.

What she believed was a friendly ride to work nearly turned deadly, she said, after the men took turns raping her while pointing a gun at her head, court documents state.

In 1984 sworn depositions, Gore admitted he and Waterfield devised a ploy to pretend to threaten her with a gun, as part of a plot to rape her.

“After I pulled out the gun, he was keeping the game going, that’s when I told him ‘Fred let’s don’t play anymore. Let’s go ahead and do what we’re going to do,’ ” Gore recalled during an October 1984 deposition.

He said he had a “snub nose” .22 caliber handgun.

They agreed to let Hommell go, he said, after she promised not to tell anyone what they had done to her. But at a hospital that night, she reported the incident and Gore and Waterfield were briefly jailed before being released. Both men claimed their sex with Hommell was consensual and they were never charged with a crime.

Hommell though, in 1985 was called as a state witness by former State Attorney Bob Stone to describe the sexual assault to a Punta Gorda jury during Waterfield’s murder trial for the 1983 shooting deaths of two Orlando girls.

Stone said he didn’t learn of Hommell’s rape accusations until shortly before Waterfield’s 1985 murder trial for the deaths of Barbara Ann Byer and Angelica LaVallee, both 14.

“It was never brought to the State Attorney’s Office as a case,” he said.

Last month, Hommell wrote to the Florida Attorney General’s Office with a message of mercy and a plea for the governor to stop Gore’s execution.

“I am writing to you to ask for clemency and/or a (stay) of execution for Dave Gore,” Hommell wrote state officials in March. “I believe if they (Gore and Waterfield) would have been prosecuted for the rape against me they would have gone to jail and not be able to go on the killing spree that they did. I am not going to feel closure and/or justice for me if Dave is killed. Not in my name.”

CHILLING NOTES
Click here to view select pages of the book “Innocent Prey,” which was found inside David Alan Gore’s cell. On some pages, Gore wrote notes commenting on some of the events depicted in the book.

The Rev. Bill Carmody, pastor at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Colorado Springs who has counseled Hommell for a decade, said during a March interview they’ve discussed her objections with Gore’s attorney Linda McDermott, who has declined to discuss his legal case.

“She did explain to us that it’s pretty late in the ball game right now,” Carmody recalled. “But she’s going to try and use the letter (to state officials) and interview her to see what we can do.”

Hommell claimed learning of Gore’s pending execution had her “walking around numb and unable to function.”

“I am asking as a victim of Dave (and Fred) to stay the execution and give him life without the possibility of parole,” she wrote. “If you do not stay the execution, April 12 will be a horrible day for me and I will relive all the pain all over again.”

Carmody said despite Gore’s notoriety as a ruthless killer, he supports Hommell’s decision to seek mercy.

“The reason she’s doing it is to give David Gore one last shot at life,” Carmody said. “In spite what he did to her, she’s still going to fight for his life, which I find amazing.”

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