Death Penalty Appeal Denied for Bay County Murderer


The Florida Supreme Court rejected a death penalty appeal Monday from Charles Kenneth Foster. 

Foster was convicted and sentenced to death in 1975 for stabbing and killing Julian Lanier during an outing with two other women. The group then dragged Lanier’s body into a wooded area and drove away in Lanier’s car. They eventually dumped the car and split the money in Lanier’s wallet. 

One of the women later told police what happened and was not charged in the case.  

Foster’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.

Foster’s sentence of death became final in 1995.    

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