Monday, May 7, 2007
Reporter: Heather Waliga
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A Bay County death row inmate will get a new sentencing hearing Monday.
Roderick Michael Orme raped and strangled nurse Lisa Redd at Lee’s Motel in March 1992. Orme, a cocaine addict, knew the victim and called her to the motel to help him when he was having a "bad high."
Friday, the Florida Supreme Court decided Orme should have a new penalty phase.
The court says Orme's defense attorney should have investigated and presented evidence showing Orme was bipolar.
Orme could still get the death penalty, but the new penalty phase could also result in a life sentence instead.
He'll go before Circuit Judge Judy Pittman in a jury trial Monday morning at 9:00.