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HUTCHINSON, Jeffrey (W/M)
First Judicial Circuit, Okaloosa County Case # 98-1382
Sentencing Judge: The Honorable G. Robert Barron
Attorney, Trial: Stephen Cobb – Private
Attorney, Direct Appeal: Kepler Funk, Jack Platt, Keith Szachacz – Private
Attorney, Collateral Appeals: Clyde Taylor – Private
Date of Offense: 09/11/98
Date of Sentence: 02/06/01
Circumstances of Offense:
On the evening of 09/11/98, Jeffrey Hutchinson and his live-in girlfriend, Renee Flaherty had an argument. After the argument, Hutchinson packed some of his clothes and guns into his truck, left, and went to a bar. Hutchinson told the bartender, who knew both Hutchinson and Flaherty, “Renee is pissed off at me.” Hutchinson drank one and a half glasses of beer and left, muttering to himself. Witnesses noted that Hutchinson drove recklessly as he left the bar.
Approximately 40 minutes after Hutchinson left the bar, there was a 911 call from Hutchinson’s home. The caller stated, “I just shot my family” and “There were some guys here.” Friends identified the caller’s voice as Hutchinson’s.
Deputies arrived within 10 minutes of Hutchinson’s call and found him on the ground in the garage. Deputies found the bodies of Renee Flaherty, Amanda Flaherty (7 years old), and Logan Flaherty (4 years old) in the master bedroom. Each had been shot once in the head with a shotgun. Geoffrey Flaherty (9 years old) was found in the living room, shot once in the chest and once in the head with a shotgun. Hutchinson had gunshot residue on his hands and Geoffrey’s body tissue on his leg.
Hutchinson alleged that two men came into the house, and he struggled with them. They then shot Renee and the children and fled. Hutchinson was examined at the scene and at the jail and had no injuries.
On 05/24/99, Hutchinson was diagnosed with Gulf War Illness (Syndrome).
10/05/98 Indicted as follows:
Count I: First-Degree Murder – Renee Flaherty
Count II: First-Degree Murder – Logan Flaherty
Count III: First-Degree Murder – Amanda Flaherty
Count IV: First-Degree Murder – Geoffrey Flaherty
01/18/01 Jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the indictment
01/21/01 Jury recommendation waived
02/06/01 Sentenced as follows:
Count I: First-Degree Murder – Renee Flaherty – Life
Count II: First-Degree Murder – Logan Flaherty – Death
Count III: First-Degree Murder – Amanda Flaherty – Death
Count IV: First-Degree Murder – Geoffrey Flaherty – Death
Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal
882 So. 2d 943
03/07/01 Direct Appeal filed
07/01/04 FSC affirmed convictions and sentences
07/22/04 Mandate issued
Circuit Court – 3.851 Motion
10/20/05 Motion filed
07/28/06 Motion amended
10/22/07 Evidentiary hearing held
01/03/08 Motion denied
Circuit Court – 3.853 Motion
06/23/06 Motion filed
11/03/06 CC denied motion
Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Appeal
01/28/08 Appeal filed
07/09/09 Appeal denied
09/11/09 Rehearing denied
09/29/09 Mandate issued
United States District Court (Middle District) – Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
09/25/09 Petition filed
12/02/09 Petition dismissed with prejudice.
United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit -- Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
10/27/2010 Petition filed
Factors Contributing to the Delay in Imposition of Sentence:
The Direct Appeal was pending from 03/07/01 – 07/01/04.
Hutchinson filed a Direct Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 03/07/01, citing the following errors: failing to properly instruct the jury; admitting excited utterances as testimony; overruling objections to the State’s closing argument; denying motions for mistrial, acquittal, and new trial; finding aggravating circumstances; and the proportionality of the death sentence. On 07/01/04, the convictions and sentences were affirmed.
Hutchinson filed a 3.851 Motion with the Circuit Court on 10/20/05 and amended the motion on 07/28/06. An evidentiary hearing was held on 10/22/07. The motion was denied on 01/03/08.
Hutchinson filed a 3.853 Motion with the Circuit Court on 06/23/06 that was denied on 11/03/06.
Hutchinson filed a 3.851 Motion Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 01/28/08 that was denied on 07/09/09.
Hutchinson filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus with the United States District Court (Middle District) on 09/25/09. This petition was dismissed with prejudice on 12/02/09.
Hutchinson filed an Appeal for Writ of Habeas Corpus with the United States Court of Appeals, 11th District. This appeal is still pending.
THE FOLLOWING ENTRIES REFLECT DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS AGAINST THE INMATE
FOR VIOLATION OF THE RULE CITED AND INDICATE THE GAIN TIME DAYS LOST.
DATE DAYS VIOLATION LOCATION
03/26/01 0 POSS OF CONTRABAND FLORIDA STATE PRISON
Report Date: 07/27/04 JFL
Updated: 01/05/11 CAR