Florida Gives Donald Dillbeck Execution Date of February 23, 2023

Donald Dillbeck, Florida

Updated: Monday, January 30, 2023

Donald DillbeckDonald Dillbeck is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm local time on Thursday, February 23, 2023, at the Florida State Prison near Raiford, Florida. Fifty-nine-year-old Donald is convicted of murdering Faye Vann in Tallahassee, Florida on June 24, 1990. For the last 31 years, Donald has been on death row in Florida.

Donald’s mother allegedly drank while she was pregnant with him, resulting in brain damage from fetal alcohol exposure. His father left him at the age of six, resulting in Donald being placed in foster care.

On June 6, 1979, Donald Dillbeck was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a Lee County Deputy Sheriff Dwight Lynn Hall in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. The deputy was attempting to apprehend Dillbeck. As the two struggled, Dillbeck grabbed Hall’s gun, shooting and killing the deputy. He later confessed to the murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

In June 1990, Dillbeck was working, along with other prison inmates, in Quincy, Florida. They were catering an event. Dillbeck walked away from the event. On June 24, 1990, Dillbeck arrived at the Tallahassee Mall. While on the run, he had procured a paring knife. He approached a woman, Faye Vann, sitting in a vehicle outside the Tallahassee Mall. When the driver resisted, Dillbeck stabbed her repeatedly, resulting in her death. Dillbeck took the car and fled the scene. A short time later he crashed the vehicle. Dillbeck was arrested a short time later by the police. He was convicted and sentenced to death.

If executed, Dillbeck will be the inmate executed since 2019, the longest the state has gone without an execution since 1983. There are currently 301 people on death row in the state.

Pray for the families of Dwight Hall and Faye Vann. Pray for strength for the family of Donald Dillbeck. Please pray that if Donald is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be provided before his execution. Pray that Donald may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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