Advocates keep swinging for Fla. death row inmate

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Associated Press

Posted on April 22, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 22 at 9:31 AM

RAIFORD, Fla. (AP) — Florida death row inmate Tommy Zeigler's cries of innocence the past 35 years have swayed many.

A former newspaper editor and the daughter of a police chief who helped put him behind bars are among those who today believe that the 66-year-old Zeigler didn't commit one of the state's most notorious mass slayings of the 1970s.

Now his longtime lawyers are trying again to get the appeals courts to examine his case. Last week they filed a motion claiming that new evidence pokes more holes in the case against Zeigler. They also say it creates enough new reasonable doubt to get him a new trial.

Prosecutors then and now have portrayed Zeigler as a calculating monster who slaughtered his wife, her parents and another man to collect insurance money.

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