With Bobby Joe Long’s execution date set, many Tampa Bay inmates still wait on death row

Former prosecutor comments on Bobby Joe Long case

Last month Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a death warrant for one of Tampa Bay's most well-known serial killers. 

Bobby Joe Long, now 65, was convicted of killing eight women in Hillsborough County and at least two other women in Pinellas and Pasco counties in the 1980s.

Although Long's is the first execution the DeSantis has ordered since taking office in January, he is in the company of 341 other men and women who are currently on Florida's death row roster.

When he is put to death on May 23, Long will be the 98th person  executed in Florida since the state's reinstatment of the death penalty in 1976.

See the graph below to see where in Tampa Bay Florida's current death row inmate population comes from.

Tampa Bay Florida's current death row inmates

Here's a look at the current the Bay area's current death row population and where they come from. Hover over the bar to see the exact number.


Source: Florida Department of Corrections

If the state follows through with the scheduled conviction, Long will have spent 34 years on death row — not far behind the nation's longest serving death row prisioner, Gary Alford, who spent 40 years on death row after strangling three women to death in Tampa.

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