Florida's Catholic bishops on Wednesday urged Gov. Rick Scott "to demonstrate mercy and commute" the death sentence of inmate William Frederick Happ and give him life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Happ, 51, is scheduled to be executed the evening of Oct. 15 at Florida State Prison near Starke.
He has been on Florida's death row for 24 years. Happ was convicted in 1989 in the kidnapping, rape and murder of 21-year-old Angela Crowley of Lauderdale Lakes. He received the death penalty as well as three consecutive life sentences.