According to ABC news, the US Supreme Court has denied the stay of execution of a man who is set to die Wednesday at 6 p.m. by lethal injection.
Robert Brian Waterhouse, 65, was convicted of raping a 29-year-old mother and leaving her to drown in Tampa Bay, Florida more than three decades ago.
Waterhouse was convicted of killing Deborah Kammerer of St. Petersburg in 1980. Kammerer was raped, beaten and dragged into the surf. Waterhouse was seen leaving a bar with Kammerer, and blood, hair and fibers found in Waterhouse’s car linked him to the murder.
Waterhouse has been on death row for more than 31 years- longer than any death row inmate executed in Florida.
I think 31 or so years of waiting on death row is punishment enough. In fact, that is cruel and unusual punishment to have to wait with death looming over your head for so long. I am not saying that what Waterhouse did was OK or that he should not have been sentenced to death. But I am saying that the death penalty over 30 years later is cruel. He should just live the remainder of his days in prison because waiting on death row for that long is punishment enough.