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    Donald Dillbeck - Florida Death Row



    Summary of Offense:

    Dillbeck was sentenced to life in prison for killing a policeman in 1979. While serving his sentence, he walked away from a public function he and other inmates were catering in Quincy, Florida. On June 24, 1990, he walked to Tallahassee and bought a paring knife, and attempted to hijack a car and driver from a shopping mall parking lot. Faye Vann, who was seated in the car, resisted and Dillbeck stabbed her several times in the throat and abdomen, killing her. Dillbeck attempted to flee in the car, crashed and was arrested shortly thereafter.

    Dillbeck was sentenced to death in Leon County on March 15, 1991.

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    Dillbeck filed a Direct Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 04/17/91, raising ten trial court errors. The FSC chose to address only the following error claims: refusing to excuse three jurors for cause, failure to allow evidence of inability to form specific intent, requiring Dillbeck to submit to examination by the State’s mental health expert, and improper finding of the escape aggravating circumstance. The court affirmed the conviction and sentence on 04/21/94.



    Dillbeck filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court on 01/17/95 that was denied on 03/20/95.



    Dillbeck filed a 3.850 Motion with the circuit court on 04/23/97 that was denied on 09/05/02.



    Dillbeck filed a 3.850 Motion Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 09/18/02, citing ineffective assistance of counsel and other claims. On 08/26/04, the FSC affirmed the denial of the ineffective assistance of counsel claims, but remanded the other claims to the Circuit Court to enter findings of fact and conclusions of law.



    Dillbeck filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus with the Florida Supreme Court on 06/23/03, citing Ring claims. On 08/26/04, the FSC denied the Petition.



    On 07/15/05, the Circuit Court filed findings of fact and conclusions of law for the denial of the 3.850 Motion.



    Dillbeck filed a 3.850 Motion Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 08/09/05. On 05/10/07, the FSC affirmed the denial of the motion. The mandate was issued on 09/12/07.



    On 09/07/07, Dillbeck filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in the United States District Court, Northern District that was denied on 02/04/10.



    On 02/23/10, Dillbeck filed a Habeas Appeal in the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, which is pending. On 09/13/10, the United States Court of Appeals remanded the case back to the United States District Court for the limited purpose of addressing the issue of whether a Certificate of Appealability (COA) should be issued in light of the Holland decision. On 10/07/10 the United States District court denied Dillbeck’s COA. The United States Court of Appeals agreed with the district court and, on 01/18/11 also denied the COA.

    http://www.floridacapitalcases.state...Htm/068610.htm

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    In Monday's (October 3, 2011) United States Supreme Court orders, Dillbeck's petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis was DENIED.

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