Fla. Man to Die for Horrific Tourist Slayings

Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011 11:56 AM

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A Florida inmate is set to be executed next month, more than two decades after he sexually assaulted an Ohio tourist and her two teenage daughters and then drowned the three in Tampa Bay.
 
Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed the warrant for Oba Chandler to be executed by lethal injection at 4 p.m. on Nov. 15. Chandler turned 65 today.
 
"I'm sorry that it's taken so long, and I'm sorry that he's not going to suffer the way they did," retired St. Petersburg police Detective Cindra Leedy, who investigated the case, told the St. Petersburg Times.
 
Prosecutors said Oba lured Joan "Jo" Rogers, 36, a farmer's wife from Willshire, Ohio, and her daughters Michelle, 17, and Christie, 14, onto his boat on June 1, 1989. There, he tied them up, gagged them, sexually assaulted them, then tied concrete blocks to their necks and pushed them one by one, into Tampa Bay.
 
The bodies were recovered three days later. Investigators said the victims had water in their lungs and Michelle had managed to free one arm before she died.
 
The Rogers family declined to comment Monday night. But in 1997, Hal Rogers told the St. Petersburg Times that he wanted to watch as the murderer of his wife and daughters was put to death.

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