Death Penalty Law
 
Robert Craft v. State of Florida

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Robert Craft with first-degree murder and his sentence of death.




On May 16, 2018, Craft strangled and beat to death Darren W. Shira in the
cell they shared at Columbia Correctional Institution. Following Shira’s murder,
Craft confessed multiple times, i... More...
   $0 (01-24-2021 - FL)

State of Florida v. Bessman Okafor

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Bessman Okafor with a first-degree premeditated murder charge.




In 2015, a jury found Bessman Okafor guilty of first-degree premeditated
murder for the killing of Alex Zaldivar. The jury also found Okafor guilty of
attempted first-degree murder and armed b... More...
   $0 (01-24-2021 - FL)

State of Florida v. Michael James Jackson

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Michael James Jackson with robbery, kidnapping and murder charges.




Hurst and Poole
In Hurst, this Court on remand from Hurst v. Florida, 577 U.S. 92 (2016),
held
that before the trial judge may consider imposing a sentence of death,
the jury in a c... More...
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James Terry Colley, Jr. v. State of Florida

- Criminal defense attorney represented James Terry Colley, Jr. with appealing two first-degree murder convictions and two corresponding sentences of death.




I. Guilt Phase
The jury in this case found Colley guilty of murdering his estranged wife,
Amanda Cloaninger Colley, and Amanda’s friend Lindy Dobbins. A... More...
   $0 (01-24-2021 - FL)

Gerhard Hojan v. State of Florida

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Gerhard Hojan with appealing two sentences of death imposed during a resentencing that this Court ordered as a result of Hurst1 error. .



The evidence presented at Hojan’s 2003 trial established that, at
approximately 4 a.m. on the morning of March 11, 2002, Hojan ... More...
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State of Florida v. Jose Maisonet-Maldonado

- Criminal defense attorney represented Jose Maisonet-Maldonado with one count of first-degree murder with a weapon for the murder of Ms. Alvelo, three counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer causing serious injury or death, and two counts of vehicular homicide> charges.



In 2010, Jose Maisonet-Mald... More...
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State of Florida v. Elizabeth Francis Marsh a/k/a Elizabeth Frances Marsh

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Elizabeth Francis Marsh with arguing that dual convictions for DUI with serious bodily injury and DWLS with serious bodily injury as to the same victim were prohibited by double jeopardy principles..



In State v. Maisonet-Maldonado, No. SC19-1947, slip op. at 12 (Fla. Dec... More...
   $0 (01-23-2021 - FL)

Joel Dale Wright v. State of Florida

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Joel Dale Wright with appealing an order of the circuit court denying his successive postconviction motion filed pursuant to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.851.



In 1983, Wright was convicted of first-degree murder, sexual battery,
burglary of a dwelling, and se... More...
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COLLEEN CUMMINGS vs STATE OF FLORIDA

Lakeland, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Colleen Cummings with an aggravated battery charge.



We will briefly recount the pertinent events as they were relayed during
the evidentiary hearing below. On the evening of November 9, 2018, Mr. Blankenship,
a fifty-eight-year-old retiree with several health proble... More...
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State of North Dakota v. Steven Donald Aune

Bismarck, ND - Criminal defense attorney represented Steven Donald Aune with arguing the jury’s verdict was inconsistent and the district court relied on an impermissible sentencing factor, rendering his sentence illegal.



On May 1, 2019, Aune’s adult twin daughters were both living at his
home. One of the daughters ha... More...
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STATE OF NEBRASKA V. TAMMY L. BARNES

Lincoln, NE - Criminal defense attorney represented Tammy L. Barnes with contending that the district court erred in finding that she entered her plea understandingly and voluntarily and that her trial counsel was
ineffective in failing to object to the factual basis and an exhibit.


ictions, $500 or less, all Class IV felonies... More...
   $0 (01-23-2021 - NE)

State of Nebraska v. Abram K. Sollman

- Criminal defense attorney represented Abram K. Sollman with appealing his conviction of motor vehicle homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), and reckless driving..



At about 6 p.m. on February 1, 2019, Sean Nowling was
traveling westbound on Interstate 80 when “[a]ll of a sudden [he heard] honking of ... More...
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United States of America v. Shauntay Craig and Donald Glass

Atlanta, Georgia racketeering charge criminal defense lawyer represented Shauntay Craig, aka Shake, 42, of Birmingham, Alabama, and Donald Glass, aka Smurf, 30, of Decatur, Georgia, were charged racketeering conspiracy involving murder and drug trafficking.

Donald Glass, aka Smurf, 30, of Decatur, Georgia, was sentenced to life plus 120 months in prison. Glass was convicted by a federal ... More...
   $0 (01-23-2021 - OK)

STATE OF NEBRASKA V. DILLEN C. GARCIA

Lincoln, NE - Criminal defense attorney represented Dillen C. Garcia with appealing from an order of the district court for Hall County denying his motion to transfer his case from the district court to the juvenile court.



On April 20, 2020, the State filed an information in district court charging Garcia with first
degr... More...
   $0 (01-22-2021 - NE)

STATE OF MONTANA v. STEVEN WAYNE KEEFE

Helena, Montana - Criminal defense attorney represented Steven Wayne Keefe with appealing the May 6, 2019 Sentence, Order to Close File, and Order Exonerating Bond issued by the Eighth Judicial District Court, Cascade County, which, in relevant part, re-sentenced him to life without parole for three counts of deliberate homicide committed when he was a juvenile..... More...   $0 (01-22-2021 - MT)

STATE OF MONTANA v. MARK WILLIAM COLLINS

Helena, Montana - Criminal defense attorney represented Mark William Collins with appealing four of his five convictions in the Third Judicial District Court for Criminal Endangerment, two counts of Attempted Assault with a Weapon, and Attempted Aggravated Assault.



At approximately 4:30 a.m. on August 4, 2017, Kevin Morley wa... More...
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STATE OF OHIO - vs - DEVIN MICHAEL TUTT

Middletown, OH - Criminal defense attorney represented Devin Michael Tutt with appealing from his conviction in the Preble County Court of Common Pleas following his guilty plea to two counts of rape.


{¶2} Appellant was charged by a bill of information with two counts of rape in
violation of R.C. 2907.02(A)(2), felonies of th... More...
   $0 (01-21-2021 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO - vs - DAVID C. STANLEY

Warren, OH - Criminal defense attorney represented David C. Stanley with Attempted Murder; Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle; Aggravated Robbery and Tampering with Evidence..



{¶2} On February 18, 2020, Stanley entered a Written Plea of Guilty to the
following charges: Attempted Murder (Count 1), a felony of the first degree... More...
   $0 (01-21-2021 - OH)

State of Ohio v. Demarius M. Rudasill

Columbus, OH - Criminal defense attorney represented Demarius M. Rudasill with a judgment of conviction and sentence entered by the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas following a jury trial in which appellant was found guilty of murder, aggravated robbery, and having weapons while under disability.




{¶ 1} This is an ... More...
   $0 (01-21-2021 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. JOVONTA DELMAR MOORE

Akron, OH - Criminal defense attorney represented Jovonta Moore with appealing his convictions for felony murder and felonious assault from the Summit County Court of Common Pleas..




{¶2} There was no dispute at trial that Mr. Moore shot and killed the victim in this case
on March 31, 2019. According to Mr. Moore, ... More...
   $0 (01-20-2021 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. PHIL D. MILLS

Akron, OH - Criminal defense attorney represented Phil Mills with with one count of aggravated burglary with an accompanying firearm specification, one count of aggravated robbery with an accompanying firearm specification, and one count of having weapons while under disability.




{¶2} In State v. Graves, this Court exp... More...
   $0 (01-20-2021 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. DELMAR BOARD

- Criminal defense attorney represented Delmar Board with being indicted for failing to stop after a motor vehicle accident with a person on a public roadway and for driving under suspension.



Late one evening, Mr. Board struck a pedestrian while driving through a green light
at an intersection. He left the scene, and the... More...
   $0 (01-20-2021 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. APRIL SCARTON

Cleveland, Ohio - Criminal defense attorney represented April Scarton with arguing that she was really guilty of vehicular homicide and should have been sentenced accordingly.




Melissa Lang’s death occurred during a violent altercation that arose
from two distinct incidents among friends. Anthony and April Scarto... More...
   $0 (01-20-2021 - OH)

United States of America v. Kenneth Eugene Barrett

Kenneth Eugene Barrett moved under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 to vacate his death sentence based on ineffective assistance of counsel in violation of the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution.1 The district court denied relief. On appeal, this court remanded for an evidentiary hearing to determine whether defense counsel’s performance at sentencing was deficient and prejudicial. Following the hearing, t... More...   $0 (01-19-2021 - OK)

James Madera v. Tonya A Hightower and Carolina Logistic, Inc.

Casper, WY - Plaintiff personal injury wrongful death lawyer represented Plaintiff, James Madera,
wrongful death representative for the wrongful death of and on on behalf of all statutory beneficiaries
on behalf of Vidal Madera, who sued Tonya A Hightower and Carolina Logistic, Inc. on wrongful death, auto negligence on respondeat superior theories claiming to suffered more than $75,000 i... More...
   $1 (01-19-2021 - WY)

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