Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a death warrant and scheduled a Feb. 23 execution of Donald David Dillbeck, who was convicted in the 1990 stabbing death of a woman in a Tallahassee mall parking lot,

Execution Set For Florida Man Donald Dillbeck, Cop Killer Who Brutally Stabbed Woman

Donald David Dillbeck, 59, who was convicted in the 1990 stabbing death of a woman in a Tallahassee mall parking lot, is scheduled to be executed on February 23, 2023.
Donald David Dillbeck, 59

Donald David Dillbeck, 59, who was convicted in the 1990 stabbing death of a woman in a Tallahassee mall parking lot, is scheduled to be executed on February 23, 2023.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the death warrant on Monday.

In 1979, Dillbeck ran from Lee County Deputy Sheriff Dwight Lynn Hall while being questioned. Once Hall caught up with him, the two men struggled. Dillbeck grabbed the deputy’s gun and shot him to death.

Dillbeck confessed to the murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

In 1990, while serving his life sentence for killing Deputy Hall, he walked away from a catering function in Quincy where he and other inmates were working.

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Faye Vann, who was sitting in the car, resisted and was fatally stabbed.

Dillbeck, now 59, was arrested after crashing the car and was convicted in 1991 of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and armed burglary, Department of Corrections records show.

Dillbeck would be the first Florida inmate executed since Gary Ray Bowles, who was executed in August 2019 for a 1994 murder in Jacksonville.

“My family was robbed of a wonderful lady… We want you to sign a death warrant for Dillbeck,” Vann’s nephew told the governor. “It is time for closure.”

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