Florida top court overturns Spaniard's death penalty conviction

4th February 2016, Comments 0 comments

Florida's supreme court on Thursday overturned the conviction of a Spaniard sentenced to death for a triple murder in 1994, and ordered a retrial.

The court said there was "simply no excuse for the numerous deficiencies and failures" of Pablo Ibar's defense attorney.

"Accordingly, we reverse the trial court's denial of post-conviction relief and remand for a new trial," it said.

Ibar, 43, has spent the past 22 years behind bars, 15 of them on death row, for the murder of a nightclub owner and two women he had brought home with him.

The case had been closely followed in Spain, where it was taken up as a cause by anti-death penalty activists.

© 2016 AFP

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