Court upholds Jewish inmate’s death sentence

The Florida Supreme Court upheld a death sentence against a Jewish death row inmate.

The court on Monday denied Martin Edward Grossman’s claims that he was entitled to a new hearing to determine if his trial lawyer was ineffective for not having him examined by a competent mental health professional and for not presenting mitigating evidence to avoid a death sentence.

Grossman’s execution is scheduled for Feb. 16.

Grossman was convicted in the 1984 shooting death of state Wildlife Officer Margaret Park. He was 19 when Park tried to arrest him for shooting a stolen gun in an undeveloped area. He beat her before shooting Park with her own gun.

At the time Grossman was on probation for grand theft and breaking and entering