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Keys Death Row inmate dies Wednesday, 22 years after sentencing

One of three men on Florida's Death Row for Florida Keys murders died Wednesday morning, the Monroe County State Attorney's Office says. Details from the state Department of Corrections weren't immediately available.

Lloyd Chase Allen, 69, was pronounced dead at 5 a.m. at the Reception and Medical Center in Lake Butler. He was convicted in the Nov. 13, 1991, stabbing death, robbery and kidnapping of Dortha Cribbs on Summerland Key.

Cribbs was found in her Summerland Key home with her throat slashed. Police say the motive was theft -- missing were her 1988 Ford Taurus, a $5,000 ring and $4,200 in cash. Allen was caught in California.

Allen was convicted in February 1993 and sentenced to death on March 3, 1993.

Two other Keys killers are on Death Row:

  • Thomas Overton, 59, sentenced to death on March 18, 1999, for the 1991 murders of Michael and Missy MacIvor of Tavernier and their unborn child. Overton, a service-station clerk who moonlighted as a burglar, was linked to the crimes after detectives obtained a DNA sample from his blood while he was in custody in November 1994 on a burglary count.



  • Michael Tanzi, 38, sentenced to death on April 11, 2003, for the 2002 killing of Janet Acosta, a Miami Herald supervisor. In his confession, Tanzi said he forced Acosta into her van during her lunch break on Watson Island, drove her to the Keys and used her ATM card to withdraw money. He then strangled her and dumped her body on Blimp Road on Cudjoe Key.
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