- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for a 53-year-old convicted killer from the Tampa Bay area.

The court’s late Wednesday decision regarding the case of Oscar Ray Bolin was posted on its website Thursday morning. The court did not offer any explanation or discussion for its ruling.

Oscar Ray Bolin is scheduled for execution on Jan. 7. He and his lawyers filed a motion Tuesday with the state’s highest court, saying that he plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Dec. 17, the state court denied Bolin’s appeal based on alleged new evidence. The court ruled Bolin should be put to death for the December 1986 murder of Teri Lynn Matthews. Matthews was abducted in Pasco County, raped and then beaten and fatally stabbed.

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