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Bolin’s execution brings relief to some, sadness to others

Teri Lynn Matthews' family thanks Phillip Bolin for testifying against his brother, Oscar Ray Bolin Jr. Oscar Bolin, 53, was executed Thursday after three decades of trials and appeals, for fatally stabbing and bludgeoning Matthews, 25, and two other Tampa Bay area women in 1986. He also became the first man in the nation to be executed this year. Ashlyn Reese/WUFT News

After 30 years of trials and appeals Oscar Ray Bolin, 53, who was convicted of fatally stabbing and bludgeoning three Tampa Bay area women in 1986, was executed at Florida State Prison in Starke. Relatives and friends of his victims expressed relief at his execution, while death penalty opponents and his attorneys continued to believe that he was innocent.

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