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Indian River County Sheriff's Office on probation for armed trespassing.
He and Waterfield, 30 at the time, also of Vero Beach, handcuffed
Elliott and Martin and drove them to Gore's parents' house on Fifth
Street Southwest on the outskirts of Vero Beach where they raped the
Elliott was shot as she tried to escape.
A 15-year-old Vero Beach boy riding past the scene on
his bicycle later testified he saw Gore chase down and shoot Elliott
twice in the head. The boy made an anonymous 911 call to authorities,
leading to Martin's rescue by police and the end to a reign of terror by
the "Killing Cousins" that included the rape of seven women and murder
In 1984, a Pinellas County jury found Gore guilty of
first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and three counts of sexual
battery in connection with Elliott's death and the abduction of Elliott
Through interviews with Gore and Waterfield and a
comprehensive investigation, authorities also uncovered evidence that
Gore had killed six women between February 1981 and July 1983. Most were
raped, some were tortured and some were dismembered and buried in hidden
graves in citrus groves west of Vero Beach.
The discoveries led to Gore being convicted of
murdering Barbara Ann Byer, Angelica LaVallee, Judy Kaye Daley, Hsiang
Huang Ling and her daughter, Ying Hua Ling and sentenced to five
consecutive life terms that were tacked on to his death sentence.
In 1989, a federal district judge overturned Gore's
death sentence, ruling Gore should have been allowed to introduce
evidence substantiating his claim he was drunk at the time of Elliott's
murder and not in complete control of his actions.
But at a resentencing hearing in November 1992, the
then-24 Martin testified that Gore had not been drunk — he was not
slurring his words, his eyes weren't bloodshot and she did not smell
alcohol on his breath — during her ordeal.
At the end of the hearing in Fort Pierce, a jury
unanimously resentenced Gore to the electric chair. Since then, the
state has switched to lethal injections as its method of execution. Gore,
now 57,is on death row at the Union Correctional Facility in Raiford.
"I've seen a lot of murders over the years and
prosecuted a lot of death penalties," State Attorney Bruce Colton said
after the jury's verdict, "but I can't think of anyone that deserves the
death penalty more than (Gore) does."
In July 1997 and March 1998, the Florida Supreme
Court twice reaffirmed Gore's conviction and death sentence.
Waterfield was convicted of manslaughter in Elliott's
death and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was found guilty of first-degree
murder in the cases of Byer and LaVallee, two of Gore's victims and is
serving two life sentence without the possibility of parole at the
Okeechobee Correctional Institution.
Waterfield, now 58, has filed numerous appeals to the
manslaughter conviction in Elliott's death, claiming he left the house
as soon as he, Gore, Elliott and Martin arrived there. In 1995, he filed
a 1,300-page motion to dismiss the manslaughter conviction and sentence.
A motion filed in October 1998 claimed Gore had
recanted his trial testimony implicating Waterfield in the murders of
Elliott, Byer and LaVallee. Waterfield alleged Gore had implicated him
because prosecutors threatened Gore with the death penalty in each of
the half-dozen murders. Both the motions were denied.