TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Roman Catholic bishops in Florida are asking Rick Scott to stop an execution set for Wednesday.

A letter sent to the governor on Monday was signed by seven bishops. They’re asking Scott to commute Robert Waterhouse’s death sentence to life in prison. And they want Scott to stop signing death warrants.

The letter said the bishops are “concerned with the increased pace” of executions in Florida. Waterhouse’s death warrant was the third signed by Scott since he took office in January 2011.

The 65-year-old Waterhouse is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Florida State Prison near Starke. He was convicted in 1980 of raping and killing a 29-year-old mother in St. Petersburg.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (2)
  1. Tara says:

    Unless my facts are incorrect, this man was accused, and convicted of murder in the state of New York. New York released him after only 8 YEARS!! If they had given him life withour parole, this St. Petersburg woman would still be us. New York evidently has issues! And 31 years is ridiculous!!

  2. Richard says:

    It is a shame that these Catholic bishops cannot but out of things that are nothing to do with them and worry more about getting their own house in order.

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