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Death Warrant for Convicted Child Rapist and Murder Eric Scott Branch


The attached letter was transmitted today to Warden Barry Reddish of Florida State Prison, pertaining to Eric Scott Branch, who was sentenced to death for the 1993 murder of Susan Morris.


On the evening of January 11, 1993, Branch attacked Susan Morris as she walked to her car in the campus parking lot of the University of West Florida. Branch dragged Morris into a nearby wooded area where he severely beat her in the face and head, strangled her, and sexually battered her. Branch then left Morris’ body in a shallow grave covered with dirt and leaves, and stole her car to flee out of the state.


Branch was previously convicted for the 1991 sexual battery and beating of a 14-year-old girl in Indiana, and was subsequently convicted in Bay County for another sexual battery that he had committed 10 days prior to killing Susan Morris.


The execution date has been set for Thursday, February 22, 2018, at 6 p.m.  Attached is the transmittal letter and death warrant for Eric Scott Branch.

Eric S. Branch (DC#313067)

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