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'Ninja Killer' Executed for 1998 Murders of Florida Couple He Robbed for Lamps, VCRs (FPD CASE VAULT)

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Courtesy Florida Department of Corrections; Mega

Jun. 3 2024, Published 10:02 a.m. ET

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A man known in Florida as the “ninja killer” recently was executed by lethal injection.

Louis Gaskin, 56, was convicted of two murders in 1999, 10 years after shooting a couple in the Flagler County home where they lived part-time.

Documents reviewed by WLRN-FM show Gaskin parked his car in a wooded area and shot Robert Sturmfels twice through a window. His wife, Georgette Sturmfels, was shot as she tried to leave.

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According to authorities, hours after killing the Sturmfels and stealing items ranging from lamps to videocassette recorders, Gaskin tried to kill another couple.

Joseph Rector was shot, but recovered at a hospital.

UPI reported Gaskin received the “ninja killer” nickname because he wore black clothes during his crimes.

State corrections records show Gaskin also was found guilty of murder in 1986, but received a life sentence in that case.

While Gaskin appealed his two death sentences for decades, the final process leading to his execution moved relatively quickly.

Governor Ron DeSantis signed his death warrant Monday, March 13, 2023. A last-ditch appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected the following month.

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, Gaskin's last words included: “Justice is not about the crime ... It's not about the criminal. It's about the law."

Florida has executed over 100 inmates since the death penalty was restored in 1976.


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