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Murderer scheduled to die in December


© St. Petersburg Times, published November 15, 2000

A drifter convicted of killing a St. Petersburg interior designer in 1987 is scheduled to die Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. for another murder.

Edward Castro, 50, is on death row for a murder he committed in Ocala days after killing 50-year-old George Larry Hill in his St. Petersburg home in January 1987.

Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday signed a death warrant for Castro. At a clemency hearing in September, Castro was not represented because he had fired all his attorneys.

Castro, who was sentenced to life in prison for Hill's slaying, met Hill at a bar and went home with him. Police later found Hill's body, bound and gagged, with several stab wounds in the upper torso. Castro had robbed Hill and left on a bicycle. He then hitchhiked to Ocala.

About a week later, Castro met Austin C. Scott, another chance acquaintance, who was lured to Castro's apartment. But Scott wanted to leave and tried three times to get away from Castro.

Soon after Castro choked and stabbed the 57-year-old Scott, one of Castro's neighbors, Robert McKnight, came to the apartment and saw Scott's body. Castro then ordered him to stab Scott. They wiped blood from the apartment and then stole Scott's car, wallet, rings and watch.

Castro confessed to both murders.

Two months ago, the state recommended that Castro be sentenced to die, noting his confession and juror recommendations for the death penalty.

Five death row inmates in Florida have been executed this year. The last man was put to death by lethal injection on Aug. 25. Daniel Patrick Hauser, also had fired his lawyers and waived his appeals.

Bush on Tuesday also signed a death warrant for Robert Glock II, 39, condemned for the 1983 murder of a woman kidnapped from a Bradenton shopping mall. He is scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. Dec. 8.

Glock and Carl Puiatti confronted Sharilyn Richie, forced her into her car and drove her to an orange grove outside Dade City, where they took her wedding ring and left her. But they soon decided she should be killed, drove back to where she was and shot her three times.

Both Glock and Puiatti confessed, and Puiatti is also on death row.

- Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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