On this date, January 7, 2016, a serial killer, Oscar Ray Bolin Jr., was executed by lethal injection in Florida.
Oscar Ray Bolin Jr. ( January 22, 1962 - January 7, 2016 ) was an American serial killer who was sentenced to death for the murder and rape of three young girls in Florida . He was executed on January 7, 2016, becoming the first defendant executed that year in the United States.
On January 25, 1986 , 25-year-old Natalie "Blanche" Holley was discovered dead in an orange field, her body showing sharp wounds.
On November 5, 1986 , 17-year-old Stephanie Anne Collins disappeared after being last seen in a pharmacy parking lot. Their remains were finally discovered near a rural road a month later (coincidentally, the same day that Teri Lynn Matthews's body was found in the neighboring Pasco County ).
On the morning of December 5, 1986 , the body dressed as Teri Lynn Matthews, 26, was discovered near railroad tracks in a rural area of Pasco County . She had been stabbed in the neck and chest, and repeatedly beaten in the head. Although it had not rained for several days, the victim and his clothes were reportedly wet. The autopsy revealed the presence of semen in her vaginal area, although there was no concrete evidence that Matthews had been sexually abused.
Bolin was indicted in 1990 for the three murders and underwent three trials, one for each victim. In each case, he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death . Although each of these verdicts was revoked on appeal at least twice due to procedural errors, jurors systematically returned a guilty verdict (ten in all), although in the case of Natalie Holley for second degree murder, So that by this he did not finally receive a death sentence, but to life imprisonment.
Oscar Bolin was executed with a lethal injection on Thursday , January 7, 2016 at Florida State Prison in Starke , becoming the first defendant executed in the year in the United States. His last meal consisted of meat , baked potatoes , salad , garlic bread , lemon cake with meringue and a soda .