STARKE, Fla. -

A former escort service owner convicted in the slayings of two Florida women has been granted a temporary stay of execution.

Marshall Lee Gore was scheduled to die by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison Monday at 6 p.m. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals approved a motion filed by Gore's attorney less than two hours before the procedure was expected to begin.

The former owner of a South Florida escort service was set to be executed for the 1988 killing of Robyn Novick, a 30-year-old exotic dancer whose naked body was found in a rural part of Miami-Dade County. Gore was also sentenced to die for the 1988 slaying of Susan Roark, whose body was found a few months later in Columbia County in northern Florida.

Another exotic dancer testified that she was beaten with a rock, choked, raped and stabbed and left for dead. She was attacked two days after Novick disappeared.

It's not yet known when the next legal proceeding will be heard in the case.