Execution set for man convicted in 1993 murder

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A man convicted of murdering a woman in 1993 now has an execution date.

Eric Scott Branch sentenced to death in 1994 for the murder of Susan Morris. On January 11, 1993, Branch attacked Morris as she walked to her car in the University of West Florida parking lot. Branch dragged her to a nearby wooded area and beat her, strangled her, and sexually battered her. Branch left her body in a shallow grave covered with dirt and leaves and stole her car to leave the state.

Branch was convicted of sexual battery and beating a 14-year-old girl in Indiana in 1991. He was also convicted in Bay County for another sexual battery in Bay County ten days before he killed Morris.

Branch will be executed Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6 p.m.