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    Lucious Boyd - Florida Death Row




    Summary of Offense:

    In the early morning hours of December 5, 1998, Dawnia Dacosta’s car ran out of gas while she was returning from a midnight church service. She walked to a nearby Texaco gas station and filled a gas can with a gallon of gas. People at the gas station saw Dacosta speaking with a black male in the parking lot. Dacosta was last seen getting into a teal church van with the man to whom she had been speaking, later identified as Lucious Boyd. On December 7, 1998, Dacosta’s body was discovered in an alley behind a warehouse.

    The body was wrapped in a shower curtain liner, a brown bed sheet, and a yellow bed sheet. A purple laundry bag and two large black trash bags covered her head. Forensic evidence showed that Dacosta died due to a penetrating head wound. Bruising on Dacosta’s head was consistent with the face plate of a reciprocating saw, and wounds to the chest, arms, and head were consistent with a torque screwdriver. Dacosta’s body also had vaginal bruising.

    Lucious Boyd did routine maintenance for the Hope Outreach Ministry Church, which owned a teal van. Boyd was driving the van on the weekend of the Dacosta murder. Witnesses at the gas station where Dacosta was last seen alive recalled seeing the word “Hope” on the teal van that Dacosta was seen leaving the gas station in. The van contained various tools owned by the church, including a set of torque screwdrivers and a reciprocating saw. DNA and hair evidence from Dacosta’s body matched Boyd’s DNA profile. Bite marks on Dacosta’s arm were consistent with Boyd’s teeth. Tire tracks on one of the sheets used to cover Dacosta were consistent with the tires on the church van.

    Boyd was sentenced to death in Broward County on June 21, 2002.

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    Case Information:

    Boyd filed a Direct Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 07/19/02, citing the following errors: refusing to declare a mistrial due to juror discussing outside information, overruling a defense request for material, relying on insufficient evidence for conviction, overruling an objection to admitting evidence of other crimes, overruling an objection to the State’s cross-examination of Boyd, failing to consider the testimony of competency experts, failing to order a competency hearing, allowing Boyd to waive mitigation, giving great weight to the jury’s recommendation, allowing invalid presentation of mitigation by not allowing Boyd’s counsel to call witnesses, finding aggravating circumstances not supported by the evidence, allowing photographs of the victim to be presented, failing to properly assess mitigation, and failing to proportionately sentence. On 02/10/05, the FSC affirmed the convictions and sentences.

    Boyd filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court on 11/18/05 that was denied on 02/21/06.

    Boyd filed a 3.851 Motion with the Circuit Court on 02/14/07 which was amended on 05/29/09. The motion is pending.

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    Convicted killer seeks new trial in rape-murder case

    A convicted rapist and murderer on Death Row returned to a Broward courtroom this week to ask a judge for a new trial.

    Lawyers for Lucious Boyd, 53, appeared before Broward Circuit Judge Andrew Siegel to argue that Boyd's attorneys during his 2002 criminal trial failed to properly vet potential jurors and declined to ask for a mistrial after another victim, seated in the gallery, got up and identified Boyd as her rapist.

    Boyd was convicted of the murder of Dawnia Dacosta, 21, who disappeared on Dec. 5, 1998 after her car ran out of gas on Interstate 95 in Deerfield Beach. Dacosta, who was returning home from a prayer service, walked to a gas station on Hillsboro Boulevard and was promised a ride back to her car by Boyd, who was driving a church van, according to trial testimony.

    Her body was discovered two days later near an Oakland Park trash bin. Prosecutors said she had been raped and stabbed 36 times with a screwdriver.

    Boyd's current lawyer, Suzanne Keffer, said two jurors who made it onto the panel that convicted her client had criminal records they failed to properly disclose to attorneys before the trial started. Keffer also said Boyd's original lawyers, Assistant Public Defenders Bill Laswell and Jim Ongley, failed to raise a proper objection during the penalty phase of the trial, when a woman stood up as Boyd was testifying and declared she had been raped by him.

    The woman did not go on to testify herself, leaving her courtroom outburst unrebutted, Keffer said.

    The jury voted 12-0 to put Boyd to death.

    Boyd's previous efforts to get a new trial have been unsuccessful. Boyd, the son of the founder of Boyd funeral homes, is also a suspect in the disappearances of three other women, including ex-girlfriend Patrece Alston, daughter of a Broward Sheriff's deputy.

    Boyd was arrested three months after the Dacosta killing. Investigators said they found his DNA under Dacosta's fingernails and in semen on her body.

    In court Tuesday and Wednesday, Boyd appeared calm in a red jail jumpsuit. He did not testify.

    Family members of Boyd and Dacosta were present both days. Dacosta's mother, Daphne Bowe, took the stand to describe the courtroom outburst at the center of the hearing. She said the rape victim only stood up when Boyd pointed her out to the jury as the source of a semen sample relied on by investigators. "You raped me!" the woman shouted, according to Bowe's account.

    Prosecutor Joel Silvershein and Keffer will present written arguments to Siegel later this week. The judge has not said when he will issue a ruling on whether Boyd deserves a new trial or sentencing hearing.

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/bro...,5567085.story
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    Here's the episode of "Forensic Files: Church Dis-service", featuring the Lucious Boyd case:


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    LUCIOUS BOYD vs STATE OF FLORIDA and LUCIOUS BOYD vs JULIE L. JONES, etc.

    In today's Florida Supreme Court opinions, the court AFFIRMED the circuit court's DENIAL of Boyd's rule 3.851 motion and DENIED relief on his petition for writ of habeas corpus.
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    On October 28, 2016, Boyd filed a habeas petition in Federal District Court.

    https://dockets.justia.com/docket/fl...cv62555/495333

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