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: November 01, 2010, 07:58:12 AM by Jeff1857
On 12/02/95, Anthony LaMarca met his stepdaughter, Tonya Flynn, and her husband, Kevin Flynn, at a bar. Around 7:45 p.m., Kevin left to drive LaMarca home. At 8:30 p.m., LaMarca returned to the bar alone and told Tonya they needed to drive to a relative's house in Hudson County to pick up Kevin. When they arrived at the house, no one was home. Tonya claims that LaMarca then raped her and asked her to leave Florida with him. He stated that her feelings for her husband would not last. Tonya then called the police and reported the rape. Police potted LaMarca walking alongside the road but were unable to apprehend him because he took off running. Early in the morning of 12/03/95, the police arrived at LaMarca's home. They
discovered Kevin Flynn's body in the bedroom. Bullet cases and blood splatters were found in the living room. A trail of blood led to the bedroom. A neighbor testified to seeing LaMarca arrive at his house on the night of 12/02/95 with another man with whom he appeared to be arguing. Another witness, Jeremy Smith, testified to LaMarca's confession of murdering Kevin. A prison inmate testified that while LaMarca was incarcerated with him for a different matter, he stated that when he was released he was going to kill Kevin Flynn. Although there was no medical evidence to support Tonya's accusation of rape, testimony was provided stating that LaMarca had also raped his stepdaughter. Sentenced to Death 2/20/98.
Daniel Lugo was convicted for, among other charges, the attempted murder of Marc Schiller as well
as the murders of Griga and Furton.
Kidnapping, Extortion and Attempted Murder of Marc Schiller:
Schiller was a successful executive who hired Jorge Delgado to help with his business. Delgado
often visited Schiller's house and the two eventually became good friends. Delgado worked out at
Sun Gym where Lugo worked. Lugo began joining Delgado on visits to Schiller's house. Through
Lugo, Delgado also became acquainted with the codefendants, Noel Doorbal and John Mese. In
1994, Schiller questioned Delgado's business practices, which caused an argument between the
two. Schiller told Delgado he was severing the business ties between them. Lugo convinced
Delgado that Schiller had cheated the two of them in billing operations. Upon Lugo's advice,
Delgado hired John Mese as a replacement accountant. Delgado testified that Lugo produced documents to back up his claims. When questioned by Delgado, Schiller denied any wrongdoing.
It was at this time that Lugo, along with friends of his, made a plan to kidnap Schiller and force
him to sign over assets Lugo believed Schiller owed him and Delgado. Although Delgado had
originally told Lugo he wanted nothing to do with the plan, he became very involved in the plot. Delgado gave specific information to Lugo about Schiller's life regarding his schedule, details about
his home, and family to Lugo. Lugo and his group then secretly observed Schiller. After a few attempts, they were successful in kidnapping Schiller. They took him to a warehouse Delgado had rented. Lugo to demanded that Schiller sign over his assets to him. After Schiller refused, the
group began beating him and shocking him with a stun gun. Schiller finally agreed to sign after Lugo had threatened to harm Schiller's wife and children. Schiller unwillingly began signing checks and documents, giving Lugo possession of his property and assets. During this time, Schiller was blindfolded, so he could not see what he was signing. Three weeks into the kidnapping, a member
of the group approached Lugo and convinced him they needed to kill Schiller because he could
possibly identify some or all of those involved. In the fourth week of the abduction, they forced Schiller to consume a large amount of alcohol. Lugo took Schiller's car and ran it into a pole to
make it appear as though Schiller was involved in a car accident. They took Schiller to the car
and put him in the front seat. They then poured gasoline over the vehicle and set it on fire. The group was then ready to leave the scene in another car when they saw Schiller in the road. Lugo
then told the driver to run him over, which the driver did. They left the scene convinced that
Schiller was dead. They found out later that Schiller had actually survived, and, at his request,
was transported to New York. While Schiller was in New York, Lugo and his group emptied his
house and bank accounts. Schiller was able to identify Lugo in his testimony because he
recognized Lugo's voice during his abduction. The police found items described as belonging to
Schiller in Lugo's possession. Also discovered, were checks from Schiller's checking account, which were payable to Mese.
Abduction, attempted Extortion, and the Murders of Frank Griga and Krisztina Furton:
Noel Doorbal, one of the men involved in the abduction of Schiller with Lugo, learned of another wealthy executive, Frank Griga, and his girlfriend, Krisztina Furton. Doorbal relayed this information
and convinced Lugo to form a plan to kidnap and extort the couple. Lugo accepted and was again
in full participation of the planning process. Lugo and Doorbal planned to visit Griga under the guise
of presenting a business proposition. They planned to gain his confidence through this encounter; however, Griga was not interested. During their second visit on 05/24/95, Lugo and Doorbal were
to carry out the abduction, but Lugo aborted the plan. They returned later that day and invited
them to dinner. Lugo's plan was to lure the couple to Doorbal's apartment. The couple did follow
Lugo and Doorbal to the apartment. Jorge Delgado visited Lugo and Doorbal at Doorbal's apartment
on 05/25/95, where he was informed that Griga was killed during a fight with Doorbal. Once Furton, Griga's girlfriend, knew Griga was seriously hurt, she started screaming. It was at that time that
Lugo restrained her and injected her with Rompun, a horse tranquilizer, to subdue her. They then started focusing on Furton for information about the code to enter Griga's home. Doorbal had
carried Furton to the bottom of the staircase, where she began to scream again. She was then injected a second time with the horse tranquilizer. After answering a few questions, Furton
decided not to supply them with any more information. They injected her with a third dose of the tranquilizer, which resulted in her death. Lugo hired a corrections officer, John Raimondo, to kill
Furton and dispose of both the bodies. He did neither. Lugo went to Griga's house with what he thought was the code to get in. Once he realized he did not have the correct code, he called
Doorbal who informed Lugo that Furton was dead. When Lugo returned to Doorbal's apartment,
he told Delgado to go home and to return to Doorbal's apartment the next morning with a truck.
The next morning, both bodies were loaded onto the truck and they took them to the warehouse
in Hialeah. After Lugo and Doorbal had purchased the necessary equipment, they proceeded to dismember the bodies. They also attempted to burn the heads, hands and feet. Lugo and Doorbal removed everything from Doorbal's apartment that had blood on it. On May 27 Lugo made a trip to
the Bahamas to try and gain access to Griga's bank account. He was not successful and returned
to Miami. On May 28, Lugo, Doorbal and another man disposed of all the body parts. Lugo ran off
to the Bahamas, where he was arrested in June 1995.
Sentenced to Death 7/17/98.
At the time of the offense, Andrew Richard Lukehart lived with his girlfriend, Misty Rhue and her
two children, Ashley (a two-year-old) and Gabrielle (a five-month-old). On the afternoon of
02/25/96, Ms. Rhue put Ashley down for a nap in her bedroom, while Lukehart remained in the
other room with Gabrielle. Around 5 p.m., Ms. Rhue heard her car start and she saw Lukehart drive away in her white Oldsmobile. She also noticed that Gabrielle was not in the house.
Thirty minutes later Ms. Rhue received a call from Lukehart. He stated that an individual in a Blue Chevy Blazer had taken the child from the home and he was chasing them in her car. He asked her
to call the police. After 20 minutes, Ms. Rhue called the Jacksonville Sheriff's Department. At approximately 6:00 p.m., Mr. Mobley, a witness, reported to the Clay County Sheriff's Department
that a car had run off the road close to his home and he could not find the driver. While an officer
from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Department was speaking with Ms. Rhue in her home, she received a
call from the Clay County Sheriff's Department. The officer relayed the information that Ms. Rhue's
car had been driven off the road in Clay County, and no one was in the car at the time it was
located. A search ensued in the surrounding area and neither the baby nor driver was found. Helicopters were used in the search, and their presence alerted Mr. Davis, an off duty Florida State Trooper who lived near the area. He went outside and found Lukehart in his front yard. Lukehart walked up to Trooper Davis with his hands up and stated, "I'm the one they are looking for. Read
me my rights." Trooper Davis was not completely abreast of the situation, and he chose to handcuff Lukehart and then notified his dispatcher. An officer from the Clay County Sheriff's office retrieved Lukehart and took him back to the scene of the abandoned car. The officer kept Lukehart
handcuffed and waited for an officer from Jacksonville's Sheriff's department to interview him
because he was the only witness to the alleged abduction. During this period of time, Lukehart
made numerous comments to the officers, such as complaining about Gabrielle soiling her diaper,
and wanted to know when he could tell his side of the story. Lukehart stated that he had placed Gabrielle in the front seat of the Oldsmobile in front of Ms. Rhue's house and that she had been abducted from the driveway. Lukehart could not describe the person who was driving the Blazer.
The police questioned Lukehart at the police station, and he reiterated his second abduction story. Lukehart then stated that he would retrace his steps from Ms. Rhue's home to the area in Clay
County with law enforcement. Lukehart acquiesced that his first story was a lie. He then stated
that the baby had been abducted from a \store when he went inside to buy Ms. Rhue and the child some roses. When at the store, the detectives saw that the details of the story were inaccurate,
and Lukehart changed his story. Lukehart then took the police to the place where the Oldsmobile
had been found and told them that was where he had lost the Blazer. An intensive search was still being conducted for the child. The detective questioned Lukehart again and told him that he did not believe the abduction story. Approximately 18 hours after turning himself in, Lukehart finally admitted to killing the baby. He stated that had he dropped the child while changing her diaper and put her
body in a pond in Jacksonville. Sentenced to Death 4/4/97.
Richard Lynch pled guilty to the 03/05/99 murders of Roseanna Morgan and her 13-year-old
daughter, Leah Caday. Lynch admitted to having an extramarital affair with Roseanna Morgan
between August 1998 and February 1999. During that time, they had run up credit card bills.
When Morgan ended the affair, Lynch asked her to assist in the credit card debt they had acquired together. Additionally, Lynch wrote a letter to his wife prior to the events on 03/05/99, admitting
to the affair. In the letter, he had directed his wife to letters and pictures Morgan had given Lynch during the affair. Lynch asked his wife to send the letters and pictures to Morgan's family. He wrote: "I want them to have a sense of why it happened, some decent closure, a reason and understanding..." A doctor for the State testified that this was evidence of a murder-suicide plot.
On 03/05/99, Lynch went to her apartment with 3 handguns with the intent of getting Morgan to
pay off the credit card bills. When he arrived at the apartment, Morgan was not there, but Caday was. He showed her the gun he had on him and forced her to stay there with him until her mom returned. Lynch told detectives that he just planned on showing Morgan the guns to make her sit down and talk to him. He further confessed to shooting her four or five times with one gun, bringing her into the apartment and then shooting her in the back of the head with a different gun. Lynch
then admitted that he shot Caday in her back. Both Morgan and Caday died of their gunshot
wounds. Lynch had called 911 and admitted to the operator all of the above events and said he was going to kill himself. He also called his wife three times during the events, and she testified that she could hear a woman screaming in the background. The second time he called, she testified that he admitted to shooting someone. A few of Morgan's neighbors testified to the events of 03/05/99 as well. One neighbor testified to looking out a peephole after hearing the first gunshots and seeing Morgan being dragged into her apartment by Lynch. The neighbor further testified that Morgan was screaming and appeared to be bloody from the waist down. The neighbor also testified that, after Lynch closed the door, 3 more gunshots were heard. Another neighbor also testified to hearing 3
more shots 5 or 7 minutes after the first shots. After a standoff with the police, Lynch was arrested. During the interview after his arrest, he confessed to all the events described.
Sentenced to Death 4/3/91.
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on 11/04/80, 10-year-old, Elisa Nelson was riding her bike to school.
She was late for school because she had a dentist appointment that morning, and her mother had given her a note excusing her absence. Elisa's bicycle was found later that day in a ditch
approximately one mile from Elisa's school. A search party, which included police officers and
community members, was initiated. Elisa's body was found on 11/05/80. Elisa died from a skull
fracture possibly caused by a single blow to the head. A cement-encased steel pipe was found
lying next to the body. There were two lacerations approximately 3.5 and 4.5 inches along the girl's neck. The medical examiner could not discern if the lacerations were made before or after the child's death, but they were not the cause of death. There were no signs of molestation on the body.
The same day that Elisa disappeared, Larry Mann attempted to commit suicide by slashing both of
his forearms. The police were summoned to help, and Mann stated to them that he had "done something stupid and needed help." Mann was taken to the hospital were the doctor ruled that
Mann had made a serious attempt to end his life. On 11/08/80, Mann asked his wife to retrieve his glasses from his 1957 Chevy pickup truck. Upon doing so, Mrs. Mann found the bloodstained note
that Elisa's mother had written to excuse her from school. A friend of Mrs. Mann's reported this
finding to the police and that resulted in a search warrant of Mann's truck and house. Inside the
truck, a bloodstain was found with the same blood type as both Mann and Elisa. On 11/10/80,
Mann was arrested. Prior to the above incident, Mann had previously attempted suicide at least
three or four times. Mann also has a history of pedophilia and psychotic depressions.
Resentenced to Death for 3rd time 3/2/90.
Jesus Alfonso and Sara Robles went to Rosie's Pub on the night of 10/14/95. According to Alfonso's testimony, he left the pub around 1:30 a.m., but Robles stayed behind to play a game of pool with a man matching Mansfield's description. Karen Hill, the bartender at the pub, told police that Robles, Mansfield and William Finnerman left the pub a little after 2:00 a.m. Finnerman testified that he left
the pub with Mansfield and Robles around 2:00 a.m. and last saw them around 3:00 a.m.
According the testimony of a night clerk at Winn-Dixie, a grocery store located in the same shopping center as the pub, Robles and Mansfield went into the store and purchased some items during the
early morning hours of 10/15/95. The clerk also stated she saw Robles and Mansfield outside of
Winn-Dixie during her break at 3:00 p.m. On the morning of 10/15/95, Robles' body was found in a grassy area next to the Winn-Dixie. When her body was discovered, her clothing was moved to
reveal her breasts and pelvis area. Robles' breasts and genitals were mutilated. Receipts from
Winn-Dixie, food stamps, and a pager were found around Robles' body. According to the testimony
of the medical examiner, Robles' cause of death was asphyxia due to airway compression, which resulted from a blunt force trauma to her neck. The medical examiner explained that the perpetrator straddled Robles on the ground, strangling her with one hand while the other hand was used to press an object down on top of her lower neck, causing her trachea to collapse. The examiner concluded that prior to Robles' death, she was conscious for a few minutes, struggling for air, and then fell unconscious; her breasts and genitals were mutilated while she was unconscious. Investigators of
the scene discovered that the pager found near Robles' body belonged to Mansfield. As investigators were questioning Mansfield, they noticed fresh scratches on his knees and hands. Mansfield admitted he went to the pub and Winn-Dixie with Robles. Police arrested Mansfield for the suspected murder
of Robles. During the arrest, police noticed Mansfield was wearing a ring with a "Grim Reaper" design.
The day after his arrest, Mansfield's brother called and invited the police to the apartment they shared. Food stamps, a knife and sheath, some clothing, and a towel were found in Mansfield's
room. Officers questioned Mansfield's ten-year-old niece. She recalled seeing Mansfield, during
the early hours of 10/15/95, soaking wet, wearing only his shorts. The niece also noticed possible blood stains on his shorts. Mansfield told his niece that he had gone for a swim at a pool complex.
During his indictment on 10/20/95, the medical examiner further stated that the injury pattern on Robles' neck matched the pattern of Mansfield's "Grim Reaper" ring, which he wore at the time of his arrest. Mike Derrick, Mansfield's jail cell roommate, testified that Mansfield confessed to the murder during a conversation that the two had.
Sentenced to Death 1/30/98.
Update: U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Presnell Overturned Conviction 3/2/09.
In June 1991, the victim, Stacy Willets, and two males, John Marquard and Mike Abshire, drove from North Carolina to Florida. They all were planning to move to Florida and were going to share the expense by driving together. The three were going to use Ms. Willet's car. Marquard and Abshire
talked about killing Ms. Willet for her car and money before the three left North Carolina.
On 06/20/91, Marquard told Abshire that he was going to kill Ms. Willet that night. The motive that
he gave for wanting to kill her was that he was tired of arguing with her. The conversation took
place when the three had made a stop in South Carolina. When the three reached St. Augustine, Marquard and Abshire decided to lure Ms. Willet into the woods and kill her. They got her to go with them by telling her she was invited to a party. They drove her to a deserted area and the three walked into the woods. Marquard came at Ms. Willet from behind and stabbed her. Ms. Willet ended
up on her stomach on the ground. Marquard then sat on her back; he noticed that she was still breathing, so he pushed her face into a puddle until she quit breathing. Ms. Willet's body then began
to convulse, so Marquard again forced her face into the puddle. Abshire began to take part in the
crime by stabbing Ms. Willet's body. The two then attempted to severe Ms. Willet's head from her
body. Marquard was arrested for the murder and he confessed. He told law enforcement that he remembered only walking into the woods and then standing over Ms. Willet's body with a knife, but
he did not recall the crime. Abshire provided a detailed account of the murder.
Sentenced to Death 2/5/93.
On 12/12/89, Matthew Marshall was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.
Marshall and Jeffrey Henry were both incarcerated at the Martin Correction Institute on 11/01/88.
At the time, Marshall was serving prison time for previous offenses. On the day of the murder, witnesses heard moans and screaming emanating from Henry's cell. Marshall was seen exiting from
the cell with blood on his chest and arms. Minutes later, witnesses saw Marshall re-entering Henry's cell and heard similar noises emanating from his cell once again. After a moment of silence,
witnesses saw Marshall exiting from Henry's cell, this time covered in blood. Henry was found dead, lying face-down in his cell with his sweat pants pulled down to his ankles and his hands tied behind
his back. Henry's cause of death was severe blows to the back of the head. During his indictment, Marshall stated that Henry was known as the "muscle man" for inmates who operated football game-pools. Marshall won sums of money and sought to collect his winnings from the other inmates. The inmates instructed Marshall to obtain his winnings from Henry. When Marshall met Henry at his cell,
a fight broke out between the two men when Henry refused to pay. According to Marshall, Henry attacked first and he killed Henry in self-defense.
Sentenced to Death 12/12/89.
Martin, 23, was found guilty of first-degree murder and Sentenced to Death in the 2008 killing of Jacey McWilliams, 24. Prosecutors said Martin beat McWilliams with a hammer in order to steal her car so he could go see his girlfriend.
A detective who testified during the trial said Martin's cell phone was found near McWilliams' body, which was discovered near Jennings State Forest in Middleburg.
Received on FL DR 3/19/10.
Douglas Blaine Matthews
The man who stabbed two people to death in a beachside crackhouse in 2008 was sentenced to die for one of the slayings today. Douglas Blaine Matthews, 28, was given the ultimate penalty for the Feb. 20, 2008 premeditated stabbing death of Kirk Zoeller, who was killed at 239 N. Halifax Ave.
Matthews was found guilty of the first-degree murder charge in a trial that ended May 25. The same jury later voted 10-2 in favor of a death sentence. That recomendation was given great weight by Circuit Judge R. Michael Hutcheson, who issued the sentence today.
Prosecutors could not seek the death penalty for the slaying of Donna Trujillo, who was found stabbed inside the apartment, because a jury found Matthews guilty of manslaughter for her slaying instead of first-degree murder. The different verdict was most likely the result of eyewitness testimony at trial. The state's key witness, a drug dealer, testified he saw Matthews stab Zoeller multiple times. But the witness did not see Trujillo's stabbing in a back bedroom.
Sentenced to Death 8/12/10.
Richard McCoy aka Jamil Rashid
On the morning of 06/13/00, store clerk Shervie Ann Elliot was murdered during a robbery of her workplace, ABC Liquors. Elliot was shot in the abdomen, neck and face. Fingerprints found on the
ABC Liquors' money pouch belonged to Richard McCoy. The video surveillance tape also showed
McCoy was involved in the robbery and murder. On 06/19/00, ABC Liquors advertised a $10,000
reward for information regarding the robbery and murder. Zsa Zsa Marcel, the mother of McCoy's
baby, responded to the advertisement. Marcel gave police a detailed description of McCoy's
confession of robbing ABC Liquors and the murder of Elliot. Marcel agreed to have a conversation
with McCoy about ABC Liquors while wearing a police recording device. During the recorded conversation, McCoy confirmed his involvement in the murder and robbery. When questioned by
police, McCoy, however, denied committing the murder of Elliot and robbery of ABC Liquors.
McCoy claims to have been at home with his girlfriend on the morning of the offense. His
girlfriend and neighbor both uphold McCoy's claim.
Sentenced to Death 8/9/01.
Convicted and sentenced to Death in the fatal shootings of four people at an Orange Park drug house
in May 2004. The victims, whom McCray thought had identified him in an earlier drug raid, were: John
Ellis, 51; Phillip Perotta, 53; Robin Selkirk, 45; and John Whitehead, 37.
Sentenced to Death 12/10/08.
Denise Davidson and her fiancé, Leonardo Cisnero, hired Robert Gordon and Meryl McDonald, to kill
Ms. Davidson's estranged husband, Dr. Louis Davidson. Early on the morning of 01/25/94, McDonald
and Gordon waited in the parking lot of the apartment complex where Dr. Davidson lived. The two
were driven by Susan Shore. Gordon met with Dr. Davidson and the two walked to Davidson's apartment. Dr. Davidson's body was discovered later that day by his fiancée. His body was blindfolded, bound, gagged, and hog-tied, lying face down in a bathtub full of bloody water. The apartment had been ransacked, and Davidson's watch, camera, and money clip were missing,
although $19,300 in cash and some credit cards remained. The medical examiner testified that
Davidson had bruises on his face and shoulders, three broken ribs, and multiple lacerations on the
back of his scalp, caused by a blunt object. The cause of Davidson's death was drowning.
Money transfers from Denise Davidson to McDonald, as well as phone records and physical evidence recovered from the hotel where Gordon and McDonald were staying during the time of the murder, implicated McDonald in the murder scheme.
Sentenced to Death 11/16/95.
Robert Roy Gordon (DC# 123911)
For his involvement in the murder, Gordon was tried with McDonald and was found guilty of
first-degree murder. Gordon was also sentenced to death (CC# 94-2958).
Denise Ann Davidson (DC# 153691)
Davidson was found guilty of first-degree murder in a separate trial. She was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years (CC# 94-2958).
Shore agreed to testify for the State, and as a result, her charges were reduced to Accessory After the Fact. She was sentenced to probation.
Cisneros remains a fugitive.
Renaldo McGirth was sentenced to death by Marion Circuit Judge Brian Lambert, who called him the "primary actor" in the July 2006 shooting death of Diana Miller, 63, at her home in the affluent retirement community. Sentenced to Death 5/5/08.
Norman McKenzie was sentenced to death for the October 4, 2006, murders of 49-year-old Randy
Peacock and 64-year-old Charles Johnston. According to court reports, McKenzie attacked both men
with a hatchet. Autopsy findings showed Johnson had four "chop wounds" on the head and Peacock
was hit four times on the head with what was presumed to be a hatchet. Peacock was also stabbed
six times. McKenzie, who acted as his own lawyer during the double murder trial, admitted his guilt
during his closing argument. "There is no doubt that a heinous crime has occurred," he said, in a calm,
softspoken tone. "I'm the one that is responsible for it."
Sentenced to Death 8/31/07.
In September, a jury convicted McLean of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder,
kidnapping with a firearm, home invasion with a firearm, and attempted robbery with a firearm.
Jurors recommended the death penalty on a 9-3 vote. Investigators said McLean shot Jahvon
Thompson during a home invasion on North Lane on Nov. 24, 2004. Jahvon, who did not live at the apartment, was visiting his father from Connecticut. McLean and James Jaggon Jr., who was 16 at the time, went there to find drugs and cash. The teen knew that Jahvon's father, Andrew Thompson, sold drugs, O'Kane said. Jaggon pointed a gun at the teen while McLean ransacked the place, authorities said.
At some point, neighbor Theothlus Lewis Jr. heard noise inside and went to complain. McLean shot Lewis
in the back, but the neighbor survived. McLean also fired the gun several times at Jahvon, who was pronounced dead at Florida Hospital Orlando. McLean got away with 5 pounds of marijuana in a
pillowcase. Jaggon was sentenced last year to 23 years in prison. Maurice Lewin, who was 22 at the
time and was driving the getaway car, was sentenced to 20 years.
Sentenced to Death 11/30/07.
On Friday, a Duval County judge gave 26-year-old McMillian the death penalty.
In January 2009, he fought with then ex-girlfriend Danielle Stubbs over her admission that she had aborted the couple's unborn child. Police say McMillian and Stubbs' relationship had been marred by violence and jealousy for years, and things came to a head on January 11th. That's when McMillian attacked Stubbs inside her townhome on Pineverde Lane. Days later, when police sought McMillian
for questioning, he led officers--including U.S. Marshals--on a wild chase. At one point, he opened
fire on police, damaging a JSO patrol car.
McMillian testified in his own defense Thursday, admitting that he fired two shots in anger the night of his former girlfriend's death, but did not intend to kill her.
McMillian told the jury that Danielle Stubbs had told him she'd had an abortion. He said he was angry, he had a gun in his waistband and the lights in her bedroom were off.
"That's when I made the biggest mistake of my life," McMillian said. "Not intentionally, but I did fire in the direction that she was at.
"She says, 'I knew you were going to leave anyway, so I killed your child,'" McMillian said. "That caught me off-guard."
Sentenced to Death 10/1/10.
Violet Livingston's son discovered her body on the morning of 09/02/94. The body was found between
two beds; both beds were disheveled. The bed sheets were wrapped tightly around her head. Blood
was found on the walls and the victim's walking cane was found on one of the beds. The medical
examiner testified that the cause of death was multiple injuries. The victim had bruises, lacerations,
rib fractures, a brain hemorrhage, and mechanical asphyxia due to suffocation. The injuries on her
neck were consistent with her being strangled. She also had defensive wounds on her right forearm,
hand, and knee. Many of the wounds were consistent with being beaten with a cane. The sequence
of wounds could not be determined, but the medical examiner testified that the victim was alive during
the beginning of the attack. Outside of the apartment a screen was leaning against the building. It had been taken off the kitchen window. The window was still closed, but the glass had been broken to gain entry into the apartment. A yellow chair had been placed under the porch light and the cover of the
light had been taken off and placed on the ground. Morris' fingerprints were found on a partially
unscrewed light bulb that was outside of the apartment. Morris' fingerprints did not match any that
were found inside of the apartment. Fluids containing DNA were found in two locations on the victim's body and on the curtain in the kitchen. These samples matched Morris' DNA. Several of the victim's belongings were found in Morris' possessions, some of which were coins from a rare coin collection. Witnesses testified that Morris made purchases with rare coins at a gas station near the victim's
residence. When Morris took the stand, he admitted that he attempted to steal a bicycle from the
victim's apartment complex, but denied murdering the victim. He also admitted that he unscrewed the
light bulb and went upstairs, because he had seen a bike at the top of the stairs. He stated that he
was unable to take the bike because it was locked.
Sentenced to Death 4/13/99.
Raymond Morrison was sentenced to death on 12/18/98, for the murder of 82-year-old Albert Dwelle.
On 01/08/97, Morrison visited his girlfriend, Sandra Brown, at her apartment. The victim lived across
from Brown's apartment. At approximately 9:00 p.m., Morrison told Brown he was going to take out the trash. Morrison did not return to the apartment. Morrison was arrested on 01/10/97 for an unrelated offense. When he was taken into custody, he asked Officer Richardson if the arrest was about an old man. The officer told Morrison it was an unrelated offense but homicide detectives wanted to question him. Morrison was then read his constitutional rights. In the car, Morrison learned Richardson was a pastor at a local church. They talked about religion and the steps Morrison needed to take to get his
life in order. Morrison was then interviewed by the detectives about the murder of Dwelle. While being interviewed, Morrison stated that he wanted to talk to Officer Richardson again. The detectives paged Officer Richardson, who then went and spoke with Morrison. After speaking with Officer Richardson, Morrison gave a written statement of what took place on 01/08/97. He stated that at 9:00 p.m., he started smoking crack with a man named "Big Man." They ran out of crack and Morrison knocked on Dwelle's door and asked him for a cigar. Dwelle told Morrison he could not come into his apartment.
After taking the cigar from Dwelle, Morrison asked for a light. While Dwelle went into his bedroom to retrieve a light, Morrison entered the apartment and followed him into the bedroom. Morrison then
noticed some money in a shirt pocket that Dwelle had hanging from a chair. He grabbed the money.
When Dwelle saw Morrison take his money, he picked up a knife and started swinging it around.
Morrison then claimed he grabbed Dwelle's arm and swung him around so he was facing away from him. When Morrison did that, the man began lashing the knife over his shoulder. While doing so, Morrison claimed that Dwelle accidentally cut his throat and then started swinging the knife even harder.
Morrison also claimed that he did not notice that Dwelle had cut himself. Then, Dwelle accidentally stabbed himself in the neck. Morrison then stated that he laid Dwelle down and took the knife to hide
it. Morrison then went back to "Big Man" and asked him to drive him out of town. When they got to Marietta, they spent the money on drugs and prostitutes. Morrison was also seen selling coins that resembled coins that were missing from Dwelle's apartment. They then went back to the apartment complex where Morrison stated that he saw his Uncle Cap. Morrison stayed with his uncle until the
police picked him up on 01/10/97. Morrison later led the police to where he hid the knife that was used
to kill the victim.
Sentenced to Death 12/18/98.
Sometime in the late evening of 01/26/92 or early morning of 01/27/92, Alvin Morton, Bobby Garner, and
Tim Kane entered the home of the victims, John Bowers and his mother Madeline Weisser. Two
individuals, Chris Walker and Mike Rodkey, went with the defendant but did not enter the residence.
Morton carried a shotgun while one of the other men carried a large serrated knife. The three men
entered the living room looking for something to take. Bowers and Weisser entered the room from another part of the house. Morton ordered them to get on the floor. At this point, Bowers agreed to give them whatever they wanted and pleaded for his life. Morton replied that Bowers would call the police. Bowers insisted that he would not call the police, but Morton replied, "That is what they all say," and shot Bowers in the back of the neck, killing him. Morton then attempted to shoot Weisser, but the gun jammed. Morton then tried to stab Weisser, but the knife would not penetrate the victim. Garner then stepped on the knife and pushed it in. Eventually, Weisser was stabbed eight times in the back of the neck resulting in the severing of her spinal cord and her death. Before the three men left the home, either Garner or Morton cut off one of Bower's pinky fingers, which they later showed to Jeff Madden, a friend. The police and firefighters went to the victims' residence on a tip. They found that mattresses had been set on fire and discovered the bodies. The police found Morton hiding in the attic of his home. They found the murder weapons underneath Garner's mother's trailer. Morton eventually confessed to the shooting of Bower and aiding in the first cut on Weisser. Resentenced to Death 3/1/99.
John Mosley Jr
John Mosely had a son, Jay-Quan, with Lynda Wilkes although he was married to another woman at the time. In order to receive Medicaid benefits, Wilkes was required to establish the paternity of her son. Mosely refused to take the paternity test and was ordered to pay for child support. Prior to the murder of Wilkes and Jay-Quan, Mosely had asked Bernard Griffin, a fifteen-year-old acquaintance, if he would consider killing a baby and provided details, but Griffin refused.
On 04/21/04, Mosely asked Wilkes if he could take his son to purchase new clothes. On 04/22/09, they met at J.C. Penny. Mosely then put them both in his Suburban and picked up Griffin. They accompanied Mosely on a drive, which ended on an unfrequented road in Jacksonville. Mosely then strangled Wilkes to death, placed a bag over her head, and put her in the back of his car. He also placed Jay-Quan in a garbage bag next to his mother, and covered their bodies with a tarp. At the time of interrogation, Griffin reported that baby had stopped crying stopped shortly after it was put in the bag. Mosely dropped Griffin off, and then went to his job. Around 11:00 p.m., Mosely left work to pick up Griffin. Griffin commented that Mosely's car had a foul smell. His comment led Mosely to drive outside of Jacksonville, south of Waldo, to get rid of Wilkes' body. On a dirt road, Mosely poured lighter fluid on the body and lit it on fire. He then drove to Ocala to dump Jay-Quan's body in a dumpster behind a Winn-Dixie grocery store. Television reports regarding Wilkes' case prompted Griffin to tell his mother that he knew about the murder. He spoke with the police and showed them where Wilkes and Jay-Quan were killed and disposed of. They found and recovered Wilkes' burned body. Using Wilkes' watch, which had stopped at 2:29--it was unknown whether the watch stopped during the morning or evening--the police matched that time with a phone call that was made at 2:24 a.m. from Mosely's cell phone. The antenna used for the call was located near Wilkes' body. The medical examiner was also able to link blood found in Mosely's Suburban to Wilkes'. He ascertained that she had been strangled to death, because blood from her nose and mouth had a pinkish color. The police were unable to find the baby's body.
Sentenced to Death 6/30/06.
Jeffry A. Muehleman
Earl Baughman, the 97-year-old victim, hired Muehleman as a helper on 05/02/83. Muehleman posed
himself as Jeff Williams. By the afternoon of 05/04/83, Muehleman had made a decision to rob and murder the victim. He asked an acquaintance for help with the robbery and in disposing of the body. On the
evening of 05/04/83, when this acquaintance did not show up, Muehleman decided to go through with
the crime himself. He set the kitchen table with two almost empty coffee cups and spread breadcrumbs
on the table. These actions were an attempt to create the illusion that the two had eaten breakfast and then gone out for a ride in the victim's car. Muehleman then proceeded to wipe down the residence to eliminate his fingerprints. Muehleman used a cast iron frying pan to repeatedly hit the victim, who was asleep in his bed. These blows did not kill the victim, so Muehleman attempted to strangle the victim, but Muehleman was unable to restrict the blood flow to the brain. The victim lay in his bed helpless and looking at Muehleman in the face and was conscious long enough to beg his attacker for mercy. Muehleman then removed the plastic wrappers from two newspapers and shoved them into the victim's throat. The bags indicated that the victim was still breathing so Muehleman forced them deeper into the victim's throat.
The victim eventually died. Muehleman then stole $150 and other items from the victim. He wrapped his body in the bloody bedcovers and put it in the trunk of the victim's car. Muehleman returned to the
garage where he was living and hid the cash and other items that he had stolen. He then returned to
the victim's residence and burned, some of the bloody linens along with the victim's identification in a
barrel in the back yard. He then wiped down the car to rid it of fingerprints and drove it to a nearby apartment complex where he abandoned it. Suspicion surrounded the victim's disappearance because he
did not drive. On 05/06/83, a witness told police that he had seen the car that had been described in a broadcast in front of the garage where Muehleman lived. A police officer went to the garage to question Muehleman; he was told that Muehleman was not home but would return shortly. Upon leaving the
garage, the police officer spotted Muehleman who saw the police car and proceeded to cover his face.
The officer grabbed him by the arm and inquired about his name; Muehleman responded with "Ed
Buchanan". The witness's identification of Muehleman as Jeff, resulted in Muehleman being arrested on obstruction of justice charges due to providing false information to the officer. Muehleman agreed to talk
to the police and denied any involvement in the victim's disappearance. He did indicate that he had taken some items without the victim's permission. On 05/09/83, Muehleman invoked his right to remain silent. On 05/15/83, the body was found in the trunk of the car. Muehleman still proclaimed his innocence to authorities, but had approached a fellow inmate, Ronald Rewis, and began discussing the murder. Rewis agreed to work with the authorities and taped conversations that he had with Muehleman. On 06/08/83, Muehleman requested an interview with the authorities at which time he was informed of the evidence against him and he confessed. He was booked on first-degree murder on the same day. On 06/10/83 he gave his final statement. Subsequently, Muehleman moved to suppress these statements and the physical evidence. The motion was denied, and Muehleman pled guilty.
Resentenced to Death 10/10/03.
On 01/28/93, Anthony Mungin was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.
On 09/16/90, a Jacksonville convenience store clerk, Betty Jean Woods, was shot in the head and subsequently died four days later. Given that there were no eyewitnesses to the incident, a customer
of the convenience store, who entered the store shortly after the shooting, recalled seeing a man rushing out of the store with a paper bag. The customer, who later identified the man leaving the store as
Mungin, discovered the wounded clerk. After the incident, a store supervisor noticed a cash discrepancy
of $59.05 from the cash register. On 09/18/90, Mungin was arrested in Kingsland, Georgia, after a police search of his house uncovered a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol, bullets, and Mungin's Georgia
identification card. This arrest was for additional offenses committed two days prior to the murder of Woods. After an analysis of the bullet recovered from Woods, it was determined that it was fired from the .25-caliber pistol discovered at Mungin's residence.
Sentenced to Death 2/23/93.
On 03/09/94, Gerald Delane Murray was convicted of first-degree murder, burglary with an assault, and sexual battery with great force. Murray was sentenced to death for the murder and life for the other
two offenses. At around midnight on 09/15/90, Murray and his friend, Steven Richard Taylor, were
dropped off at a mobile home neighborhood by a friend (James "Bubba" Fisher) where the victim,
59-year-old Alice Vest, lived. A Ford Ranchero was reported stolen from a residence near the place
where Murray and Taylor had been dropped off. At around 4:30 a.m., a passing motorist noticed the
vehicle parked in a driveway next door to the mobile home where Vest lived. Later that day, the Ford Ranchero was found abandoned behind a used car dealership, located only a few blocks away from where Taylor lived at the time. That same morning of 09/15/90, residents of the mobile home neighborhood
where Vest lived discovered Vest's badly beaten body in the bedroom of her mobile home. According to
the testimony of the medical examiner, Vest had been vaginally and anally raped, strangled, and stabbed approximately 20 times. The medical examiner testified that most of the stab wounds were made with a knife, and the remaining stab wounds were made with a pair of scissors, both of which were found at the scene of the crime. The initial cause of death was ligature strangulation. Vest was alive while she was being stabbed, and she was strangled with an electrical cord after the stabbings. The examiner pointed
out multiple fractures found on Vest's lower jaw, indicating that she received several blows to the head, which were done with a bottle, metal bar, and candlestick. These items were also found at the scene of the crime. Finally, the medical examiner testified that Vest's breasts were bruised, as a result of
"impacting, sucking, or squeezing" while she was alive. In the medical examiner's opinion, Vest was alive
for approximately ten minutes from the first stabbing to the strangulation. The medical examiner was
unsure whether Vest was conscious during all or any part of the attack. According to other trial
testimony, the phone line to Vest's mobile home had been cut, the mobile home had been burglarized,
and various pieces of jewelry were missing. During trial, the State admitted hair evidence recovered from Vest's mobile home. Hair evidence was also sent to an FBI lab in Washington, D.C., for comparison with known hair samples from three persons: Murray, Taylor, and Vest. The hair expert from the FBI
concluded that the hairs found on Vest's nightgown and body were pubic hairs that had the same microscopic characteristics of Murray's hairs. Taylor was excluded as a possible source of the hairs.
Additional evidence at the trial revealed that, approximately six months after his indictment for Vest (11/22/92), Murray escaped from Duval County Jail and was accompanied by a fellow inmate, Anthony Smith. Smith testified for the State that Murray confessed to the rape, robbery, and murder of Vest.
On 06/09/93, approximately seven months after his escape, Murray was captured in Las Vegas, Nevada.
At the time of his arrest, he was carrying two false identification cards.
Resentenced to Death for 3rd time 6/26/03.
Steven Richard Taylor (DC# 288500)
Taylor was convicted and sentenced to death for first-degree murder, 15 years for burglary of a dwelling, and 27 years for sexual battery. Taylor was tried separately for his offenses (CC# 91-2456).
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