Florida executes serial killer Gore

April 12, 2012 at 7:16 PM

STARKE, Fla., April 12 (UPI) -- The state of Florida Thursday executed serial killer David Alan Gore, who spent 28 years on death row, state corrections officials said.

Gore, 58, was given a lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his last-ditch appeals and was pronounced dead at 6:19 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Starke, TCPalm.com reported.

Gore was put to death for killing 17-year-old Lynn Elliot of Vero Beach, but he confessed to killing five other women and girls.

"I would like to say to Mr. and Mrs. Elliott, that I truly am sorry for my part in the death of your daughter," Gore said in a handwritten statement before he was executed. "I wish above all else my death could bring her back. I am not the same man today that I was 28 years ago. When I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior, I became a new creature in Christ and I know God has truly forgiven me for my past sins."

Gore spent his last hours visiting with his mother, one of his three ex-wives and a religious adviser, and eating his last meal -- fried chicken, french fries, butter pecan ice cream and a soft drink, the news Web site said.

State Corrections Department Communications Director Ann Howard described him as "calm."

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