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Michael Zack A Florida man is set to be executed by lethal injection more than 25 years after he killed a woman he’d met at a local bar.

Michael Zack III, 54, is scheduled to die at 6 pm on October 3 for the murder of Ravonne Smith who he stabbed and killed using an oyster knife in June 1996.

He was also convicted and separately sentenced to life in prison for murdering Laura Rosillo who he met at another bar in a nearby county.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Zack’s death warrant on August 17 but his attorneys said at trial that he should not face the death penalty because he suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder.

They argued that his brain was dysfunctional and he had a mental impairment – conditions which they claimed made Zack impulsive and cause him to be under constant emotional and mental distress. None of these claims were held in court and he was sentenced for life.

The Florida Supreme Court and the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also passed on stopping the execution.

Michael Zack Age

Michael Zack Age is 54 years old.

Set to be executed by lethal injection

Officials have not released information on what Zack has requested his last meal to be.

His nine-day crime run began in Tallahassee where he was a regular at a bar. When Zack’s girlfriend called and said he was being evicted, the bartender loaned him her pickup truck. Zack left with it and never returned, according to court records.

He drove to a Niceville bar in the Florida Panhandle where he befriended a construction company owner. The man learned Zack was living in the pickup truck and offered to let him stay at his home.

Zack later stole two guns and $42 from him. He later pawned the guns for an unknown amount.

At yet another bar, he met Rosillo and invited her to the beach to do drugs. He then beat her, dragged her partially clothed into the dunes, strangled her and kicked the sand over her face.

The next day he went to a Pensacola bar where he met Smith. The two went to the beach to smoke marijuana and later she took him to the house she shared with her boyfriend.

At Smith’s house, Zack smashed her over the head with a bottle, slammed her head into the floor, raped her and stabbed her four times in the center of the chest with an oyster knife.

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He then stole her television, VCR and purse and tried to pawn the electronics. The pawn shop suspected the items were stolen and Zack fled and hid in an empty house for two days before being arrested.

Zack admitted killing Smith in court and said that he became enraged and beat her when she made a comment about his mother’s murder, which his sister committed. He said he thought Smith was going to another room to get a gun when he stabbed her in self defense.

Zack’s execution would be the eighth under DeSantis dating back to 2019 and the sixth this year after no executions in 2020 through 2022.


DeSantis has made tougher, more far-reaching death penalty laws an issue in his presidential campaign.