Accused murderer of Halliburton family member escapes Florida court

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Accused Murderer Escapes from Florida Courthouse

(Reuters) - An accused murderer who faces a possible death sentence escaped from the Broward County Courthouse in Florida on Friday morning and a manhunt was underway, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities were searching for Dayonte Resiles, who fled from the courthouse in Fort Lauderdale at about 9:30 a.m. and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts, the sheriff's office said.

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Resiles is charged with the September 2014 home invasion stabbing death in nearby Davie of Jill Halliburton Su, 59, a member of the wealthy Texas-based Halliburton Co who married a University of Florida entymology professor.

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Credit: Davie Police Department via AP

Resiles, 21, had been brought from a jail to the courthouse for a hearing on a defense motion to remove the death penalty as a sentencing option, local media reported.

He had been seated in a jury box with other inmates when he suddenly dashed toward the door, leaving behind his shackles and slipping out of his jail-issued jumpsuit as he ran, the reports said. They said police dogs sniffed the jumpsuit to get Resiles scent before being employed to track him.

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John Wayne Gacy, a rapist and serial killer responsible for the sexual assaults and murders of at least 33 men, was executed in Illinois on May 10, 1994. 

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Ted Bundy, a kidnapper, rapist, and serial killer responsible for the assaults and murders of dozens of young women, was executed in in Florida on January 24, 1989. His actual victim count remains unknown.

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Aileen Wuornos, a serial killer responsible for the deaths of seven men, was executed in Florida on October 9, 2002. 

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Charles Starkweather, a spree killer responsible for eleven murders, was executed in Nebraska on June 25, 1959. 

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Timothy McVeigh, responsble for the Oklahoma City bombing, was executed in Indiana on June 11, 2001.

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Thomas Provenzano, a convicted murderer responsible for shooting three people, was executed in Florida on June 21, 2000.

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Gary Gilmore, responsible for the shooting deaths of two men, was executed in Utah on January 17, 1977.

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Stanley "Tookie" Williams, founder and leader of the Crips gang responsible for several murders and other crimes, was executed in California on December 13, 2005.

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Teresa Lewis, convicted of murdering her husband and stepson, was executed in Virginia on September 23, 2010.

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William Bonin, a serial killer responsible for a minimum of 21 rapes and murders, was executed in California on February 23, 1996.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, responsible for Boston Marathon bombing, was sentenced to death on May 15, 2015.

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Nidal Malik Hasan, responsible for Ford Hood shooting, was sentenced to death on August 28, 2013.

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Joseph E. Duncan III, a convicted murderer and sex offender, was sentenced to death on August 27, 2008.

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Death row prisoner Coy Wayne Wesbrook is photographed Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Polunsky Unit outside Livingston, Texas. Wesbrook, 58, is set for lethal injection March 9, 2016, for the November 1997 fatal shootings of his ex-wife and another man at her apartment in Channelview, just east of Houston. They were among five people killed during the shooting rampage. (AP Photo/Michael Graczyk)

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