Court postpones Marek execution

The Florida Supreme Court this morning indefinitely postponed Wednesday’s scheduled execution of convicted killer John Richard Marek.

Marek, 47, had been scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Florida State Prison near Starke.

The state’s high court has scheduled oral arguments on the pending execution for May 20.

Marek and co-defendant, Raymond Wigley, were convicted of the 1983 kidnapping, rape and slaying of Adella Simmons, 47. Her battered, strangled body was found in a Dania Beach lifeguard shack.

Today’s actions come after Broward Circuit Judge Peter Weinstein late Friday evening declined to recommend a stay after a two-day evidentiary hearing in Broward Circuit Court last week.

At that hearing, Marek’s attorney contended Wigley was the actual murderer. He offered three of Wigley’s former prison mates, who claimed Wigley confessed to each he strangled Simmons. Marek’s attorney, Martin McClain, is appealing Weinstein’s decision.