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WINKLES, James (W/M)

A.K.A. Jimmy Delano Hawk

DC#                009547

DOB:   12/18/40


­­­Sixth Judicial Circuit, Pinellas County Case # 99-5593

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Richard Luce

Attorney, Trial: Daniel Hernandez – Public Defender’s Office

Attorney, Direct Appeal: Richard Kiley & Ali Shakoor – CCRC-M


Date of Offense: 09/09/80 and 10/03/81

Date of Sentence: 04/14/03


Circumstances of Offense:


In February of 1998, while incarcerated at Hardy Correctional Institution, Winkles requested to speak with officers from Pinellas County.  Winkles was serving a life sentence for the kidnapping of Donna Maltby.  Winkles confessed to the Elizabeth Graham and Margo Delimon murders, which took place nearly 18 years earlier.  He gave the officers detailed information about both murders.  


Sometime between September 9, 1980, and July 3, 1981, Winkles abducted and murdered Graham. Winkles had seen a young woman who worked for an area dog grooming business, The Pampered Poodle.  Winkles called the business and requested service to the address of an abandoned house in hopes of abducting the woman.  The girl whom he had picked out did not arrive; instead, Graham arrived at the address.  Winkles decided Graham was just as good as the original girl he had wanted and carried out his plan.  When Graham opened the van’s side door, Winkles attacked her.  He pushed her down, put a pistol to her head, handcuffed her, gagged her, blindfolded her and put her in the back of his station wagon.  He punctured the right front tire of the Pampered Poodle van and stole 20 dollars out of Graham’s purse. 


Winkles claims to have held Graham prisoner for four days and nights at his grandmother’s house.  At one point, however, he said he might have had her at a motor home on his property in the country instead.  During the captivity, Graham was kept in shackles and forced to engage in several sexual acts with Winkles.  Winkles feared Graham knew their location from looking at magazines with the mailing address on them and decided he had to kill her.  He gave her four Flexeril muscle relaxants, which put her to sleep.  Winkles then put an umbrella over Graham’s head to shield blood splatters and shot her three times in the top of her head.  He then removed her clothes and the sheets off the bed and burned them.  He buried Graham’s body in Pinellas County.  Sixteen days later, he returned to dig up the body and removed the head.  He took the skull and ran water through it to make sure no spent bullets remained inside, removed the teeth and lower mandible and then threw the skull into the Steinhatchee River in Lafayette county.  Graham’s skull was discovered in July of 1981, but was not identified by DNA testing until the late 1990s. 


Winkles abducted Delimon sometime between October 3 and October 21, 1981.  Delimon was a realty salesperson.  Winkles first met Delimon at an open house viewing. He asked her out for a drink and she refused.  The next day he invited her to breakfast and she agreed.  At breakfast, Winkles asked Delimon to show him secluded properties in the country.  Delimon took Winkles out to the properties and, at this point, he took advantage of the situation and kidnapped her. Winkles held her captive for four days in an abandoned house neighboring his grandmother’s house.  During this time, he sexually assaulted her several times.  Winkles claims that he had to kill Delimon because she knew their location and could identify him.  Delimon was killed by an overdose of 17 sleeping pills.  Winkles buried Delimon’s body in Pinellas Country.  Sixteen days later he decided to move the body to Citrus County.  A week after that, he removed the head, took the teeth out and threw it in a wooded area in Hernando County.  Delimon’s headless body was found on October 21, 1981, and identified by fingerprints on August of 1983.  Delimon’s toothless skull was found on May 23, 1982. 


Winkles had been a suspect in both the Graham and Delimon cases; however, there was insufficient evidence to charge him.  The cases would have remained unsolved cases if not for Winkles’ confession nearly 18 years later.  During the investigation, evidence was discovered revealing that Winkles always planned his abductions.  The passenger door of his vehicle was fixed so that it could not be opened, and the passenger window was made so that it could not be lowered to prevent the escape of his victims. Winkles also always carried an “abduction kit” which contained cut rope, handcuffs, gags, sleeping pills, liquor and Vicks Vaporub to put under his nose to prevent smelling the decaying bodies.  He also had a collection of female undergarments.


Additional Information:


Winkles told detectives that he abducted, raped and killed 62 women.  He claims to have killed a total of 26 people between 1967 and 1982.  Winkles has not provided information on any of these claimed offenses.  Winkles was convicted of assault with intent to commit robbery and attempted robbery in Hamilton County, Florida on September 3, 1963 under the name of Jimmy Delano Hawk.

Prior Incarceration History in the State of Florida:



Offense Date


Sentence Date


Case No.

Prison Sentence Length


Grand Theft Firearm




3Y 0M 0D






1Y 0M 0 D


Grand Theft, $300 less $20,000




3Y 0M 0D


Armed Robbery




90Y 0M 0D









Trial Summary:


03/25/99          Indicted as follows:

                                    Count I:           First-Degree Murder (Elizabeth Graham)

                                    Count II:         First-Degree Murder (Margo Delimon)

04/03/02          Winkles plead guilty to all counts of the indictment.

04/14/03          Sentenced as follows:

                                    Count I:           First-Degree Murder – Death

                                    Count II:         First-Degree Murder – Death


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# 03-935

894 So. 2d 842


05/21/03          Appeal filed.

01/13/05          FSC affirmed Winkles’ convictions and sentence.

02/03/05          Mandate issued.


United States Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of Certiorari

USSC # 04-9710

126 S. Ct. 46


04/11/05          Petition filed.

10/03/05          Petition denied.

Circuit Court – 3.851 Motion

CC# 99-5593


09/20/06          Motion filed.

12/13/06          Motion amended.

01/29/07          Motion amended.

04/18/08          Motion denied.


Florida Supreme Court – 3.851 Appeal

FSC# 08-941

21 So.3d 19


05/22/08          Appeal filed.

06/01/09          Oral Arguments held.

09/03/09          FSC affirmed the denial of the postconviction motion

11/12/09          Mandate issued


United States District Court, Middle District – Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

USCA #09-02352



11/18/09          Petition filed.


Case Information:


On 05/21/03, Winkles filed a Direct Appeal in the Florida Supreme Court.  He contended that his Sixth Amendment right was violated since the death penalty was not supported by aggravating circumstances found by a jury.  Winkles also contended that his right to notice about the nature and cause of the accusations was violated since he was not informed of the aggravating circumstances in the indictment.  His final arguments were that he did not enter his guilty pleas knowingly and intelligently and the death sentences were disproportionate.  On 01/13/05, the Florida Supreme Court affirmed Winkles’ convictions and sentence. 


Winkles filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the United States Supreme Court on 04/11/05.  The petition was denied on 10/03/05.


Winkles filed a 3.851 Motion in the Circuit Court on 09/20/06 and amended the motion on 12/13/06 and 01/29/07.  This motion was denied in the Circuit Court on 04/18/08.


On 05/22/08, Winkles filed a 3.851 Appeal in the Florida Supreme Court. Oral Arguments were held on 06/01/09. The Florida Supreme Court affirmed the denial of the postconviction motion on 09/03/09.  The mandate was issued on 11/12/09.


On 11/18/09, Winkles filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in United States District Court, Middle District.  This case is currently pending.


Institutional Adjustment:



DATE      DAYS                 VIOLATION                           LOCATION      

--------        ----              ----------------------------                  -------------------

12/06/84      0              POSS OF STOLEN PROP.                UNION C. I.        

07/29/91     20             POSS OF STOLEN PROP.                CHARLOTTE C.I.     

02/13/04     90             POSS OF WEAPONS                        FLORIDA STATE PRISON

04/23/04     60             DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS                 FLORIDA STATE PRISON

04/25/04    180            UNARMED ASSAULT                      FLORIDA STATE PRISON

04/25/04     60             DISOBEYING ORDER                      FLORIDA STATE PRISON

04/25/04     60             PART.IN DISTURBANCE                 FLORIDA STATE PRISON




Report Date:     04/27/05          DDK

Approved:        04/29/05          JFL

Updated:         01/14/10         MJH