Ron DeSantis signs death warrant in Jacksonville murder
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed a death warrant for an inmate convicted of committing three murders in Florida, including a Jacksonville murder that sent him to Death Row.
The execution of Gary Ray Bowles is scheduled for Aug. 22 at Florida State Prison, according to documents the governor’s office filed late Tuesday afternoon at the state Supreme Court.
Bowles, 57, would be the second inmate put to death since DeSantis took office in January, with serial killer Bobby Joe Long executed on May 23. Bowles is serving life sentences in the 1994 murders of John Roberts in Volusia County and Albert Morris in Nassau County, according to documents filed at the Supreme Court and information on the Florida Department of Corrections website.
The death warrant, however, is for the November 1994 murder of Walter Hinton, who was found dead in his Jacksonville mobile home.
A 1999 sentencing document included in the Supreme Court filing said Bowles brutally killed Hinton during a robbery. It said Bowles brought a 40-pound stepping stone into the mobile home, put the stone on a table and sat down and thought for a few moments.
“He then entered Mr. Hinton’s