Execution scheduled for killer of Tampa teenager

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - An inmate who killed a Tampa junior
high school student more than 25 years ago is facing execution by
lethal injection.

Wayne Tompkins is scheduled to die at 6 p.m. Wednesday for the
March 1983 murder of 15-year-old Lisa DeCarr, the daughter of his
girlfriend.

The 51-year-old inmate was originally scheduled to die Oct. 28,
but appeals caused delays.

Tompkin's attorneys have asked the Florida Supreme Court to give
him a stay to allow more time for DNA tests on the victim's bones
and other evidence. Tests by the FBI and the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement were inconclusive.

The state filed a response arguing the Supreme Court had already
ruled earlier than DNA testing would not exonerate Tompkins.


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