TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 11 (UPI) -- The Florida Supreme Court has stayed the execution of John Marek, who was scheduled to die Wednesday for the 1983 rape and murder of a woman.
WFOR-TV Miami reported Monday that Marek, 47, along with another man, Ray Wigley, abducted 47-year-old Adella Simmons from the Florida Turnpike after her car broke down by the side of the road.
Prosecutors said the two men beat and raped the woman during the 60 mile journey to Dania Beach, Fla.
When caught by police, Wigley confessed, but said it was Marek who strangled Simmons. Wigley was sentenced to life in prison and Marek was sentenced to die.
Marek's attorneys say their client should not be executed in light of new evidence that it was Wigley who strangled Simmons. Wigley died in prison in 2000 after being strangled by a fellow inmate.
Broward Circuit Court Judge Peter Weinstein issued an order Friday evening denying Marek's request for a stay of execution. Attorneys appealed to the state Supreme Court.