Death Row Inmate Denied Stay of Execution

The Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for a Florida capital inmate scheduled to be executed Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Robert Waterhouse, 65, was convicted of murdering a St. Petersburg woman, who was raped, severely beaten, and dragged into Tampa Bay where she drowned.

The inmate has been on Florida’s death row for 31 years.

Previous appeals and clemency requests have been denied, so it looks like the lethal injection will go forward as scheduled.


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  • by Bob Location: Tally on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:53 AM
    1 done, 360 more to go start the cost savings now. Line them up military style step forward, inject, next. keep the line moving
  • by Skyler Location: Edgewater, NJ on Feb 16, 2012 at 04:47 AM
    I have an abundance of respect for the criminal justice systems of Southern states. As a NJ native, it disgusts me that my home state has outlawed capital punishment. If it can be shown that an individual took another's life, barring self-defense as a justification, what is wrong with killing the perpetrator? Just deserts is truly the right philosophy. If it's good enough for a criminal to take the life of a person, then what is wrong with ending that murderer's life, as well? All of these religious leaders should get a life and face reality. Religion should have no bearing on the government.
  • by Vicki Jo Pollina Location: St. Augustine on Feb 15, 2012 at 06:21 PM
    I visit Union Correctional where this person served his time on death row. I have gotten to know his wife fairly well, having stood in the visitor line with her on many occasions. She is the sweetest person and will grieve for her husband for the rest of her life. She was not responsible for his actions but is bearing the burden of them, too. The death penalty kills in more ways than one.
  • by dd Location: florida on Feb 15, 2012 at 05:19 PM
    well I happen to know the elderly lady PERSONALLY and I know this waterhouse slug, he got to live a hell of a lot longer than his victims did, and YES he did do the crimes, so its long over due for him to go away and rot in hell. and maybe that Bob in California is from the area that one of his crimes was committed in.
  • by Duane Location: Medford, OR on Feb 15, 2012 at 04:48 PM
    I think that we all need to pray for the victims family and for his family because he is to blame for all of it.I must say that his family suffers too just like the victims family, But I know that it is different in feelings.
  • by Lindsey Location: England on Feb 15, 2012 at 04:38 PM
    I don't think it's right that another life should be taken even if this man did such horrible things. Nobody thinks about everyone else that has to suffer with him being executed. What about his family? They'll suffer and many other people will too. It's an never ending circle, and it is just not fair. I don't think it's right .
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      by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:27 PM in reply to Lindsey
      What has he done to help his family over the last 31 years? He sure did not support them, put a roof over their heads and food on their table to eat. Im willing to bet his family has moved past him already.
  • by Bob Location: California on Feb 15, 2012 at 03:36 PM
    Could we please just kill this cancer on the human race and go forward? He's already raped and killed two women, and we've paid for him to steal air for 31 years? Nuts to that. En this tonight. Do the right thing, Florida, and execute him without further angst.
  • by Bruce Location: FL on Feb 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM
    31 years is way too long to be on death row. He has had more than enough time to appeal his conviction. Which im sure he has done several times. Apparently he did not win his appeals. Its past time to stop housing and feeding him on the tax payers bill. 6:00 pm injection time, give him his last dinner, bid him adios, its finally time for justice to be served. Im sure the victims family will be relieved to hear this sentence has been carried out. Though in my opinion, about 21 years to late.
  • by John Location: Panama City Beach (for Feb) on Feb 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM
    Its unfortunate for Waterhouse that he didn't commit this crime in Canada for up here he would have been given a life sentence of 25 years after which he likely would have walked. I appreciate the better concept of justice down here in Florida although I agree that 31 years on death row doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
  • by Gia Location: California on Feb 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM
    It is really a shame that people do not get the facts of a story before they make such crass remarks about the taking of a human life..Did you know that in Florida only 7 out of 12 juroirs have to recommenond the Death Penalty for the presiding judge to issue it?? Or that Florida destroyed the DNA from this murder before it could be tested, this man cannot even prove his innocence..Just because a person is on Death Row, does not mean that they are guilty..
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      by Wayne on Feb 15, 2012 at 02:28 PM in reply to Gia
      Gia, It appears you have all the information and that information should be shared will all so we no it is not just hearsay. I am also curious as to why a person living in California is involved in a death row case in Florida? Execution laws differ from state to state and I am in agreement with others here who have posted comments, that after 31 years, he was unable to prove his innocence. Whether evidence was destroyed (as you say) or what the circumstances were, he had a chance and that time is over. Any court would have taken that into consideration before approving the death sentence. How do you think the family feels after losing a loved one? Put yourself in their shoes before you defend someone you did not know or get ALL the facts that surround what the family thinks.
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