Death Penalty Appeal Denied for Walton County Murderer

Walton County, Fla. - The Florida Supreme Court has denied an appeal from a Walton County murderer. 

Gary Richard Whitton was convicted of the 1990 murder of James Mauldin. Whitton stole more than $1,000 from Mauldin in a Walton County hotel room and killed him for fear that Mauldin would later testify against him.

Whitton's attorneys hoped that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that required juries to unanimously approve the death penalty would be enough to get a new sentencing phase in his case. However, that ruling only covers cases decided after 2002.

Whitton's sentence of death became final in 1995. 

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