Starke, Fla.

A former carnival worker convicted of killing three women in the Tampa Bay area was executed on Thursday night in Starke, Florida.

Oscar Ray Bolin was pronounced dead by lethal injection at 10:16 pm at the Florida State Prison. The execution had been delayed from its original 6:00 pm start time while waiting for an appeal by the US Supreme Court. That appeal was rejected without comment and the execution went on.

Bolin was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1986 murder of 26-year-old Teri Lynn Matthews.

Bolin was convicted and sentenced to be executed for the death of 17-year-old Stephani Collins and 25-year-old Natalie Holley. The death sentence for Holley was ultimately thrown out because of legal errors.

Bolin declined to make a final statement.

The execution process took about 12 minutes with no indication of any distress by Bolin.

Bolin denied being involved in the stabbings of the women. He said that the evidence used to convict him was tampered with and planted.

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