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Rolling Execution Nears

October 25th, 2006 by flanews

16 years after killing five students in Gainesville and 12 years on death row, the end is near for Danny Rolling.  His execution is set for 6 pm this evening and so all of his appeals have been denied.  As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the killer knew this day would come.


Gainesville and much of the state was in fear for weeks following the murder spree. Students left the University Of Florida until the killer of five was captured. Danny Rolling entered a guilty plea…and got the same sentence for each of the five victims.

<>  <>SOT: Stan Morris / Circuit Court Judge :20 – :25

“It is further ordered and adjudged that the defendant, Danny Harold Rolling, is hereby sentenced to death for the murder of the victim Manuel Taboda.”


At the time, one of Manny Taboada’s family members had to be escorted out of the courtroom.


SOT: Mario Taboada / Victim’s Brother :30-:33

“Our children’s names will be remembered over him. I will ridicule him!”


Mike Vasilinda Standup :34-:43

“Jeb Bush will be on the phone with the prison when the appointed hour comes. He says his only regret is that its taken 12 years from the date of sentencing to get to today.”


SOT: Jeb Bush / Governor :44-:57

“He is the poster child, if you will, of why there should be a death penalty… atrocious crimes committed. It’s more than appropriate for him to receive the sentence he received.”

If all goes as planned, Rolling will be the third inmate to be put to death in five weeks.

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