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ANDERSON, Richard (W/M)

DC #    042115

DOB:   04/29/48


Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, Case #87-8047

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable M. Wm. Graybill

Trial Attorneys: William Fuente & Mark Ober – Private

Attorney, Direct Appeal: Paul Helm – Assistant Public Defender

Attorney, Collateral Appeal: Peter J. Cannon, Robert Strain, & Carol Rodriguez – CCRC-M


Date of Offense:           05/07/87

Date of Sentence:         02/26/88


Circumstances of Offense:


Richard Anderson, the defendant, was convicted and sentenced to death for the May 7, 1987, murder of Robert Grantham.


Robert Grantham reportedly offered Connie Beasley, the defendant’s girlfriend, a large sum of money in exchange for sexual favors.  Beasley rejected the proposal and told Anderson of Grantham’s offer.  Anderson believed Grantham was a rich man and knew he would be returning home from a gambling trip to Las Vegas with his winnings.  Anderson instructed Beasley to agree to spend one night with Grantham for $10,000.  Beasley was told to get Grantham intoxicated, and Anderson would then rob him.


On May 7, 1987, after dinner and drinks, Beasley brought Grantham back to Anderson’s apartment.  Anderson arrived at the apartment later in the evening under the pretense of returning Beasley’s car and then needing a ride home.  Grantham agreed to drive him, but Anderson insisted that Beasley accompany them.  While in the car, Anderson shot Grantham four times in the head from the back seat, and then proceeded to dump his body in a wooded area.  Connie Beasley was sitting on the front passenger side when Grantham was shot.  Anderson abandoned Grantham’s car at the Tampa Airport and returned with Beasley to his apartment.  After rummaging through Grantham’s belongings, Anderson and Beasley only found $2,600.


Additional Information:


Richard Anderson was convicted and sentenced to 20 years for First Degree Premeditated or Attempted Murder in Pinellas County on 05/29/74.  Anderson was an accomplice in this crime.


Codefendant Information:


Connie Beasley was convicted of Third-Degree Murder, and sentenced to one year and one day in prison.


Trial Summary:


07/15/87          Defendant indicted for First-Degree Murder

02/17/88          The jury found the Defendant guilty of First-Degree Murder.

02/18/88          Upon advisory sentencing, the trial jury, by an 11 to 1 majority, voted for

the death penalty.

02/26/88          The Defendant was sentenced to death for First-Degree Murder.


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC #72,127

574 So. 2d 87


03/21/88          Appeal filed.

01/03/91          FSC affirmed conviction and sentence of death.

02/27/91          Rehearing denied.

04/01/91          Mandate issued.


U.S. Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of Certiorari

USSC #90-8143

502 U.S. 834


05/28/91          Petition filed.

10/07/91          Petition denied.


State Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC #87-8047


10/12/92          Motion filed.

10/14/92          Motion dismissed.


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Appeal

FSC #80,844

627 So. 2d 1170


12/04/92          Appeal filed.

10/28/93          Appeal remanded back to the State Circuit Court to pursue Anderson’s

request for public records.

12/28/93          Rehearing denied.

12/28/93          Mandate issued.


State Circuit Court - 3.850 Motion (On remand from FSC)

CC #87-8047


02/28/94          Amended motion filed.

05/27/97          Second amended motion filed.

11/19/99          Third amended motion filed.

08/25/00          Motion denied.


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Appeal

FSC #01-24

822 So. 2d 1261


01/04/01          Appeal filed.

06/13/02          Denial affirmed.

07/15/02          Mandate issued.


U.S. District Court, Middle District – Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

USDC #03-1485


07/14/03          Petition filed.

12/05/05          Petition denied.


U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit – Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus Appeal

USCA# 06-10122

462 F. 3d 1319


12/30/05          Certificate of Appealability (COA) filed.

08/31/06          USCA denied COA.


U.S. Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of Certiorari

USSC# 06-7985

127 S. Ct. 1269


11/22/06          Petition filed.

02/20/07          Petition denied.


State Circuit Court- 3.850 Motion

CC# 87-8047


07/13/07          Motion filed.

01/10/08          Motion amended.

06/08/09          Motion denied.


Factors Contributing to the Delay in the Imposition of the Sentence:


Anderson’s Direct Appeal was pending over three years and his initial 3.850 Motion was amended three times, and was pending from 10/12/92 – 08/25/00.


Case Information:


Anderson filed his Direct Appeal to the Florida Supreme Court on 03/21/88.  Anderson’s appeal claimed the court erred when it neglected to dismiss his indictment that was based on the perjured grand jury testimony of Connie Beasley.  Anderson also contended that the court erred when it allowed testimony that violated the hearsay rule.  All of the claims that Anderson entered were rejected.  The Supreme Court affirmed the conviction and sentence of death on 01/03/91.


A Petition for Writ of Certiorari was filed on 05/28/91 in the United States Supreme Court and was denied on 10/07/91. 


On 10/12/92, Anderson filed 3.850 Motion in the Circuit Court, which was dismissed on 10/14/92.


Anderson filed a 3.850 Appeal in the Florida Supreme Court on 12/04/92.  On 10/28/93, the appeal was remanded to the Circuit Court to pursue Anderson’s request for public records.


Anderson filed an amended 3.850 Motion in the Circuit Court on 02/28/94.  The motion was amended a second time on 05/27/97, and again a third time on 11/19/99.  The motion was denied on 08/25/00.


On 01/04/01, Anderson filed an appeal of the denial in the Florida Supreme Court.  The Florida Supreme Court affirmed the denial of Anderson’s 3.850 Motion on 06/13/02.


On 07/14/03, Anderson filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in the United States District Court that was denied on 12/05/05.


Anderson filed a Certificate of Appealability in the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, on 12/30/05 that was denied on 08/31/06.


Anderson filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court on 11/22/06 that was denied on 02/20/07.


On 07/17/07, Anderson filed a 3.850 Motion in the Circuit Court. This motion was denied on 06/08/09.


Institutional Adjustment: 



DATE          DAYS                    VIOLATION                                  LOCATION       

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08/14/90          45                    UNARMED ASSAULT                      FSP

12/13/97          0                      DISOBEY REGULATIONS               UNION C.I.

03/09/06          180                  REF. SUB. ABUSE TEST                   UNION C.I.




10/16/01 – ew

10/25/01 – approved – ws

06/23/09 – updated – klh