Bishops Urge Crist to Cancel Execution
Florida’s Catholic Bishops on Monday urged Gov. Charlie Crist to stay the execution of Richard Marek, scheduled to be put to death Wednesday for the 1983 rape and murder of Adella Marie Simmons.
“Executions do not make society safer nor act as a deterrent but add to the violence we experience daily in society, numbing us to the truth that every human being has worth,” the bishops wrote in a letter to Crist. “You have the ability to stop the intentional killing of the people on death row by commuting death sentences to life in prison without possibility of parole.”
The bishops urged Crist to commute Marek’s death sentence and instead sentence him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Marek’s co-defendant Raymond Wigley was sentenced to life in prison.