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Robert Waterhouse Pronounced Dead at 8:22 p.m. on Wednesday

After three decades on death row, man convicted in 1966 Greenport murder and 1980 Florida murder is put to death Wednesday night.

The decades-old story with local ties of convicted killer Robert Waterhouse has come to an end.

Despite pleas to the Florida State and U.S. Supreme Courts for a stay of execution, Waterhouse, formerly of Greenport, was pronounced dead at Florida State Prison at 8:22 p.m. on Wednesday after undergoing a lethal injection procedure mandated by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Jan. 4., according to a report from Reuters.

Waterhouse, 65, was sentenced to life in 1967 for the 1966 rape-murder of 77-year-old Greenport resident Ella Carter. While out on lifetime parole in 1980, he raped and killed Deborah Kammerer in St. Petersburg, Fla., and was convicted of first-degree murder.

Waterhouse had been sentenced to death for the 1980 conviction, but a 1985 stay of execution was issued four days before his scheduled execution. A judge ordered that Waterhouse be resentenced in 1988 due to mitigating evidence that his rights were violated during sentencing for the 1967 conviction. Waterhouse was sentenced to death again in 1990 by a unanimous jury vote.

Waterhouse's last meal included two pork chops, two eggs cooked sunnyside up, two slices of toast, one slice of cherry pie, one pint of butter pecan ice cream, one pint of orange juice, and a pint of milk, according to the Reuters report. 

He was the 72nd inmate put to death in Florida since the state resumed executions in 1979 and the fourth to be executed in the U.S. this year.

Read the full Reuters report here.

Erin Schultz (Editor) February 16, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Cynthia Leden said on Facebook: "yeah!!!!!!! Its about time!!!!!! Bastard!!!!!!!!!"
Erin Schultz (Editor) February 16, 2012 at 08:13 PM
George Foster said on Facebook: "hey was he the guy that killed the old grandmother. If it is I knew that Bastard!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Erin Schultz (Editor) February 16, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Shelley Sessler said on Facebook: "Justice at last, pity he had to have his last meal though? I hope his bloody pork chops were chewy , disgusting bastard !!!!"
Adele Azar-Rucquoi February 16, 2012 at 11:18 PM
What good does it do to do another killing like the one we just did of this 65 year old man? Does killing ever solve anything? Adele
dave allison February 17, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I guess the only one saddened by the execution is Troy Gustavson. The grim reaper of Southold wont have anything to write about. Troy has eulogized murderers, rapists, and drug dealers. He even planned a vacation to visit the sicko in Florida.
Damon Rallis February 18, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Its okay. He can still write about Cross Sound Ferry. LOL
Linda Cope February 18, 2012 at 05:55 PM
This is one of the sickest people I ever heard of, he deserved to die. If he had been executed when he did the first murder my sister would still be here with us. She was only 29 and left 3 children behind. I miss Debbie so much. I hope she can rest in peace now Debbie
Linda Cope February 18, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Yes it does, I feel that my sister Debbie finally got justice, and now I feel closure. If you had a loved one brutally murderd, would you like to see the killer go free?? Or be able to live out his life in prision?
Linda Cope February 18, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Ella Carter and Debbie Ongley Kammerer, I hope you rest in peace now.
barbara radich February 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM
less taxes in Florida this spring

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