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DAILEY, James (W/M)

DC#    108509

DOB:   06/11/46


Sixth Judicial Circuit, Pinellas County Case # 85-7084

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Thomas E. Penick

Attorney, Trial: Hank Andringa and James Denhardt – Private

Attorney, Direct Appeal: A. Anne Owens – Assistant Public Defender (1991)

     Paul C. Helm – Assistant Public Defender (1995)

Attorney, Collateral Appeals: Robert Strain & David Gemmer – CCRC-M


Date of Offense:           05/05/85

Date of Sentence:         08/07/87

Date of Resentence:      01/21/94


Circumstances of Offense:


On 05/05/85, the victim, 14 year old Shelly Boggio, her twin sister Stacey, and Stephanie Forsythe were hitchhiking near St. Petersburg when they were picked up by James Dailey, Jack Pearcy, and Dwaine Shaw.  The group went to a bar and then to Pearcy’s house, where they met Pearcy’s girlfriend, Gayle Bailey.  Stacey and Stephanie returned home, and Shelly, Gayle and the men went to another bar and returned to Pearcy’s house around midnight.  Shelly, Dailey, and Pearcy left in a car.  When the two men returned later, without Shelly, Dailey was wearing wet pants and carrying a bundle.  The next morning, Dailey and Pearcy went to a laundromat and told Gayle to pack because they were going to Miami. 


That morning, Shelly’s nude body was found floating in the water near Indian Rocks Beach.  She had been stabbed, strangled, and drowned. 


Codefendant Information:


Pearcy and Dailey were tried separately for the crime.  Pearcy was convicted of First-Degree Murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. 


Trial Summary:


01/22/86          Indicted on one count of First-Degree Murder

06/27/87          Jury returned a guilty verdict

06/30/87          Jury recommended a death sentence by a vote of 12-0

08/07/87          Sentenced to death

01/21/94          Resentenced to death.  New jury recommendation not require


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# 71,164

594 So. 2d 254


09/21/87          Appeal filed

11/14/91          FSC affirmed conviction, but vacated death sentence

03/19/92          Rehearing denied

04/20/92          Mandate issued


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal (after resentencing)

FSC# 83,160

659 So. 2d 246


02/09/94          Appeal filed

05/25/95          FSC affirmed death sentence

08/22/95          Rehearing denied

09/21/95          Mandate issued


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

USSC# 95-6801

516 U.S. 1095


11/21/95          Petition filed

01/22/96          USSC denied petition


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC# 85-7084


04/01/97          Motion filed

11/12/99          Motion amended

07/20/05          CC denied motion


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Motion Appeal

FSC# 05-1512

965 So.2d 38


08/22/05          Appeal filed

05/31/07          FSC affirmed denial of motion

09/26/07          Mandate issued


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

FSC# 06-576

965 So.2d 38


03/22/06          Petition filed

05/31/07          FSC denied petition

06/19/07          Motion for Rehearing

9/26/07            Mandate issued


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

USDC# 07-cv-01897


10/19/07          Petition filed

04/01/11          Petition denied


Factors Contributing to the Delay in Imposition of Sentence:


The original Direct Appeal was pending from 09/21/87 – 04/20/92, and the 3.850 Motion was pending from 04/01/97 – 07/20/05.


Case Information:


On 09/21/87, Dailey filed a Direct Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court, citing the following trial court errors:  admission of state witness testimony that was irrelevant and prejudicial; introduction of a knife sheath into evidence; use of hearsay statements of a police detective, an inmate, and the codefendant (Pearcy); improper jury instructions at the guilt phase; improper statements by the prosecutor during closing arguments; court certification of a witness as an expert; improper finding of aggravating circumstances (murder committed during a felony [sexual battery], murder to prevent a lawful arrest, and murder committed in a cold, calculated, premeditated manner); and considering evidence from Pearcy’s trial in Dailey’s trial.  On 11/14/91, the FSC affirmed the conviction, but reversed the death sentence and remanded for resentencing. 


On 01/21/94, the Circuit Court resentenced Dailey to death.  The original jury recommendation vote of 12-0 on 06/30/87 remained intact for the resentencing. 


On 02/09/94, Dailey filed a Direct Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court, citing the following court errors:  denying Dailey’s motion for an entirely new penalty phase, failing to find and weigh mitigating circumstances, and denying Dailey’s motion to disqualify the judge.  On 05/25/95, the FSC affirmed the death sentence of Dailey. 


On 11/21/95, Dailey filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court that was denied on 01/22/96.


On 04/01/97, Dailey filed a 3.850 Motion with the Circuit Court that was amended on 11/12/99.  On 07/20/05, the Circuit Court denied the motion. 


On 08/22/05, Dailey filed a 3.850 Motion Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court, and on 05/31/07, the FSC affirmed the denial of the motion.  The FSC issued a mandate on 09/26/07.


On 03/22/06, Dailey filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus with the Florida Supreme Court that was denied on 05/31/07. On 06/19/07, a motion for rehearing was filed. A mandate was issued on 09/26/07.


Dailey filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in the United States District Court, Middle District, on 10/16/07. That petition was denied on 04/01/11.


Institutional Adjustment:




DATE           DAYS              VIOLATION                                       LOCATION     

10/21/90     30                        POSS OF NEGOTIABLES                   FLORIDA STATE PRISON

02/06/91     20                        DISORDERLY CONDUCT                  FLORIDA STATE PRISON

12/06/91     30                        DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS                   FLORIDA STATE PRISON

08/24/99      0                         MAIL VIOLATIONS                           UNION C. I.         




Report Date:     10/10/01          JFL

Approved:        10/16/01          WS

Updated:          04/15/11          JJK