Update: Thursday, January 7, 2016  10:30 pm EST

  

The state of Florida has executed Oscar Ray Bolin, Jr.  Read the full story here.

 

Update: Thursday, January 7, 2016  10:13 pm EST

  

The Supreme Court of the United States has reject two appeals to stay the execution are Oscar Ray Bolin Jr.  With both appeals rejected, the execution can proceed.

 

Update: Thursday, January 7, 2016  6:10 pm EST

  

Two appeals are pending before the Supreme Court of the United States in an attempt to stay Oscar Ray Bolin Jr.'s execution.  The execution will likely not proceed until the Supreme Court rules.

 

Update: Tuesday, January 5, 2016  3:19 pm EST

  

A request to stay the execution of Oscar Ray Bolin, Jr., has been rejected by a three judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of appeals.  Last month, the Florida Supreme Court rejected a similar reject.  Oscar has argued that he should be granted a stay, in part due to evidence newly discovered, in which another individual confessed to the crime for which Oscar has been convicted

 

Update: Monday, January 4, 2016  11:19 am EST

 

Oscar Ray Bolin, Jr., is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm EST, on Thursday, January 7, 2015, at the Florida State Prison near Raiford, Florida.  Fifty-three-year-old Oscar is convicted of the rape and murder of 17-year-old Stephanie Anne Collins, 25-year-old Natalie “Blanche” Holley, and 26-year-old Teri Lynne Matthews.  All three women were kidnapped, raped, and murdered in Florida in 1986.  Oscar has spent approximately the last 25 years on Florida’s death row.

 

Oscar allegedly had an unstable childhood.  He claims his mother was an alcoholic, leading him to develop his own substance abuse problems.  He also alleges that he was abused as a child.  Oscar had previously worked for a carnival and was working for a tow company during 1986.  

 

On December 4, 1986, Teri Lynn Mathews worked at a Land O’Lakes, Florida bank until approximately 11 pm.  After getting off work, she went to spend time with her boyfriend, Gary McClelland, leaving his home around 2 am on December 5, 1986.  Teri would typical call Gary and let him know that she had arrived home safely, but the call never came.  Gary grew concerned and called Teri’s mother, with whom she lived.  Teri had never made it home.  Gary began driving along the route she would likely have taken.  He discovered her vehicle outside of a post office, with the parking lights still on and mail strewn on the ground, addressed to Teri and her parents.

 

Teri’s body was discovered later that day.  She had been raped, stabbed, and bludgeoned to death.  Also discovered that day was the body of teenager Stephanie Anne Collins, who had disappeared from a shopping mall in early November of 1986.  Police did not know it at the time, but the two women’s deaths were connected.

 

As police investigated the death of Teri, no leads were forthcoming until the summer of 1990, when Cheryl Coby told police she had previously been married Oscar Ray Bolin.  During that time, he confessed to her of killing Teri and enlisted the help  of his then 13-year-old half-brother Phillip to dispose of Teri’s body.  When police questioned Phillip, he confirmed Cheryl’s story.  Police were then able to arrest Bolin, who was serving a 25- to 75-year sentence in an Ohio prison for kidnapping and raping a 20-year-old waitress.

 

Bolin’s arrest and subsequent investigation revealed his connection to the other body found the morning of December 5, 1986, that of Stephanie Collins.  Furthermore, police also connected Bolin to the rape and murder of Natalie “Blanche” Holley, who had been killed on January 25, 1986, in Florida.  Her body was discovered in an orange grove.  Bolin’s ex-wife Cheryl, was also able to testify to Blanche’s murder.  Cheryl remembered Bolin waking her up, with blood on his shoes and carrying a women’s purse.  She went with him to wipe down Blanche’s car.

 

Following Bolin’s arrest, multiple others have come forward to claim that Bolin had confessed one or more of the murders to them.  Bolin was eventually separately convicted and sentenced to death, for murdering Teri, Stephanie, and Blanche.

 

On December 17, 2015, the Florida Supreme Court refused to stay the execution of Oscar Bolin.  Oscar has appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Teri, Stephanie, and Blanche.  Please pray for strength for the family of Oscar Bolin.  Please pray that if Oscar is innocent, lacks mental competency, or should not be executed for any reason, evidence will presented prior to his execution.  Please pray that Oscar will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he does not already have one.

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