State attorney seeks death penalty for 2 Florida cold case suspects

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Despite the suspension of 13th Judicial District Attorney Andrew Warren, the bureau is moving forward with murder charges and capital punishment against two suspects in a pair of cold-blooded Tampa killings in the 1990s. 1980.

Amos Robinson and Abron Scott have been announced as the real suspects in the murders of Barbara Grams, 19, and Linda Lansen, 41.

The identities of the suspects were revealed at a press conference the same day Warren was suspended from duty by Governor Ron DeSantis. Warren’s designated replacement, Susan Lopez, is now seeking the death penalty for the two men involved in the Grams and Lansen murders.

The state’s attorney’s office filed a court filing to pursue the death penalty as punishment for the murders, against the two suspects. Court records show the process to impose capital punishment on Robinson and Scott began on September 27.

Robinson is currently serving three life sentences, while Scott is serving a single life sentence. Warren said Robinson killed other victims in prison, adding to the life sentence he was serving.

Before DNA evidence revealed Robinson and Scott’s involvement in the Grams murder, a Tampa man spent 37 years in prison for her death, before being exonerated in 2020, thanks to the efforts of the unit of review of convictions of SAO13 and the Florida Innocence Project.

At the event revealing the identities of Robinson and Scott, the suspended Warren said the new evidence led the investigation to find new leads.

“In 2018, my office established a conviction review unit to find and correct wrongful convictions,” Warren said at the time. “Two years ago, this unit exonerated Robert DuBoise. He had spent 37 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit. Our investigation has found DNA evidence that establishes that Robert did not kill Barbara Grams. This DNA evidence provided new leads and launched a new investigation.

According to Warren, Robinson and Scott are also being investigated for other cold cases from the 1980s in the Tampa Bay area.

“We have now connected Amos Robinson to four murders in 103 days in Tampa in 1983, and Abron Scott to three murders,” Warren said at the time. “These men are serial killers and rapists, and although they are already serving life sentences, their crimes against Barbara Grams and Linda Lansen cannot and will not go unpunished.”

Now Lopez is pursuing the ultimate sentence for both men, a death sentence. In recently filed court documents, the state’s attorney’s office filed its notice of intent to seek the death penalty against the two men in both cases.

They were filed in Hillsborough County Court on September 27. If both men are found guilty at trial or plead guilty in capital felony cases, Florida can put them to death, though the final decision rests with a jury. during a sentencing trial.

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