Oba Chandler's appeal for a stay of execution and a new penalty phase of a trial was denied by Judge Philip J. Federico Monday (Oct. 24).
Chandler, 65, is scheduled to die by lethal injection Nov. 15.
Gov. Rick Scott signed Chandlers death warrant Oct. 10, 2011. A couple days later Chandler's attorney Baya Harrison challenged the ruling.
Chandler was not looking for a new trial, but a new penalty phase as to avoid the death penalty, according to court documents.
Chandler was convicted Sept. 29, 1994 of killing Ohio mother Joan Rogers, 36, and her daughters, Michelle, 17 and Christe, 14.
He met the mother and her daughters at the Courtney Campbell Causeway and offered them a boat ride to watch the sunset in 1989. However, once aboard he bound them with duct tape, stripped them and tied their hands, feet and necks to concrete blocks, according to court documents.
He then threw their weighted bodies into Tampa Bay. The women were found after floating to the surface.
The crime kicked off a more than three-year investigation and was one of the first to use billboards seeking help finding a suspect.