49-year-old inmate dies awaiting execution

Officials say he was part of crime spree involving murder, rape

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STARKE, Fla. - A man on Florida's death row has died while awaiting his execution.

The Department of Corrections reports that 49-year-old Tommy Wyatt died Friday. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Authorities say Wyatt and another man, Michael Lovette, ran away from a North Carolina prison roadwork crew in 1988, heading to Florida and kicking off a cross-state crime spree. They ended up in Vero Beach, where they robbed a Domino's Pizza. Authorities say Wyatt fatally shot three employees after raping one of them.

Officials say Wyatt also killed a Tampa-area woman that he met at a bar.

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers reports that Wyatt's attorneys were still appealing his case to the federal courts.

Lovette remains in state prison, serving 10 life sentences for murder, robbery and kidnapping.

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