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March 2, 2006
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The News Herald (Panama City, Florida) (via Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News); 2/28/2006
Byline: David Angier
Feb. 28--PANAMA CITY -- Death row inmate Roderick Orme was sent back to Bay County a year ago for a new sentencing, but his lawyers said last week they have not had enough time to prepare.
Circuit Judge Judy Pittman granted last week a continuance of the March 13 penalty trial -- essentially a mini-trial after which jurors will recommend a sentence of life in prison or death. Orme's new trial date is Aug. 7.
Orme, 44, was convicted in 1993 and sentenced to die for the firstdegree murder, rape and robbery of Lisa Redd, a Bay Medical Center nurse, during a drug binge in 1992.
Orme's conviction stands, but in February 2005, the Florida Supreme Court reversed Orme's death sentence and returned him to Bay County for a second penalty phase hearing.
Last week, defense lawyer Mike Stone asked Pittman for the continuance, saying he has not had enough time to prepare. Stone, who was appointed in December to assist lead attorney Russ Ramey and two Jacksonville lawyers on the defense team, said he has been reviewing more than 25 boxes of information since joining the defense.
Stone also gave several other reasons for a continuance, including the need for independent testing of DNA evidence and Ramey's month-long recovery from back surgery earlier this month.
Stone also asked Pittman to appoint several experts to Orme's case. He asked for a forensic pathologist who would testify against the state's position that Orme deserved the death penalty because Redd suffered during the attack.
Stone also asked to have a forensic psychiatrist appointed to the case to testify about Orme's bipolar mental disorder.
The Florida Supreme Court reversed Orme's sentence because, justices said, not enough evidence about Orme's mental problems was given to jurors in his first penalty hearing.
For almost a year after this ruling, the defense had refrained from saying whether it would even pursue mental health issues in the penalty hearing -- regardless of the high court's ruling. Stone's motion for expert appointment is the first indication that the defense might present the evidence the high court said was lacking in the first trial.
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