Campus Life

UWF to host lecture with lead prosecutor of Ted Bundy case

The University of West Florida will host George R. Dekle Sr. on Feb. 10, 2016, at 6 p.m. as he discusses the investigation, prosecution and execution of Ted Bundy. The lecture will take place in the Music Hall of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82, on the UWF Pensacola Campus.

Dekle, a professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, served as the lead prosecutor in the late 1979 case, where Bundy stood trial for the kidnapping and murder of an eighth grade student. Bundy was captured in Pensacola on Feb. 15, 1978 – five days after being added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He was convicted in February 1980 and received his third death penalty sentence. Dekle also was integrally involved in the post-conviction defense of the judgment and death warrant and served as an official witness to Bundy’s execution at Florida State Prison on Jan. 24, 1989.

Currently, Dekle serves as the director of the Criminal Prosecution Clinic at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. Additionally, he is the assistant director of the Criminal Justice Center and a master lecturer for the College of Law, where he teaches prosecutorial ethics, Florida criminal procedure, and criminal clinic – prosecution. A member of the Florida Bar for 43 years, Dekle has authored a number of books and professional publications including, “The Last Murder: The Investigation, Prosecution, and Execution of Ted Bundy.” Before joining the faculty at the Levin College of Law, Dekle was one of Florida’s most distinguished prosecutors from 1975-2005, with a two-year stint as an assistant public defender prior to that.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the UWF Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at