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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
ConnorSeburt 124517CCRC-MCase Summary

Last Action

DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
6/30/2004FSC04-12833.850 Appeal
11/30/2007FSC04-1283Motion for rehearing
4/10/2008FSC04-1283Rehearing Denied
4/28/2008FSC04-1283Mandate issued
4/14/2008USDC07-23009Habeas petition
5/18/2010USDC07-23009Petition denied
6/14/2010USCA10-12847Habeas Appeal
10/13/2010USCA10-12847COA granted
12/10/2008CC92-395483.851 Motion

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MolanskyDavid S.Miami, FL1200 Brickell Ave., Ste. 123033131305/866-7776Email


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2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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CONNOR, Seburt Nelson (B/M)

DC#    124517

DOB: 06/05/42  


Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Dade County, Case #92-39548

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Maxine Cohen-Lando 

Attorneys, Criminal Trial: Louis Jepeway,Esq. & Eugene Zenobi, Esq.   

Attorney, Direct Appeal: Louis Campbell – Assistant PublicDefender 

Attorney, Collateral Appeals: David S. Molansky,Esq. – Registry


Date of Offense:         11/19/92

Date of Sentence:       06/19/98


Circumstances of Offense:


During 1970’s, Seburt Connor wasinvolved in an extramarital relationship with Margaret Bennett.  When shediscovered that Connor was married, she ended their relationship. Margaretlater married Lawrence Goodine and had two daughtersby him, Karen and Jessica.  When Margaret and Lawrence separated in thelate 1980’s, she renewed her relationship with Connor, and he became a fatherfigure to her two girls. 


In 1992, Margaret told Connor that she did not want to seehim anymore.  Connor continued to harass Margaret for several months afterthat.  He reportedly drove by her house shooting a gun and one ofMargaret’s neighbors reported receiving a menacing phone call from a man shebelieved to be Connor.  The caller threatened to kill Margaret and herdaughter Karen.  Margaret’s home had also been burglarized several times,with the burglar stealing bed sheets, towels and linens.


On 07/28/92, Margaret got an ex parte domestic violenceinjunction against Connor and a permanent injunction was issued on 08/19/92.


Connor reportedly told one of Margaret’s neighbors that hewould stop harassing her if she would get back together with her husband,Lawrence Goodine.  As such, Margaret askedLawrence to move in with her in September 1992.  The harassment, however,did not stop. Connor bought a black Cadillac that was identical to the onedriven by Margaret Bennett and was seen numerous times driving slowly throughtheir neighborhood.


On 11/19/92, Margaret and her daughters left for work andschool, respectively, while Lawrence remained at home.  He was last seenat home at approximately 2:30 p.m.  Ten year-old Jessica returned homefrom school that afternoon and immediately went across the street to play witha friend.  When Jessica noticed a black Cadillac in her driveway, she wenthome.  Shortly after, Jessica returned to her friend’s house and told hershe was leaving.  Her friend saw her leave in the black Cadillac with aman who she assumed was Jessica’s father, Lawrence Goodine.


When Karen Goodine returned homethat afternoon, neither Lawrence nor Jessica were there, and it appeared thatsomeone had been in the house, so she alerted her mother.  Margaret thencalled the police and noted that she thought Connor had something to do withthe disappearances.  Detectives went to the Connor residence in the earlymorning hours of 11/20/92.  Connor told detectives that he had not seenLawrence or Jessica that day.


In the late afternoon of 11/20/92, the body of Lawrence Goodine was found in a wooded area near the Ft. Lauderdaleairport.  He had suffered five severe blows to the head, each of whichcould have rendered him unconscious and could have been fatal.  Whendetectives went to the Goodine residence to reportthe discovery of his body, they noticed blood on the carpet and a brokenchair.  Detectives hypothesized that Lawrence was bludgeoned to death withthe leg of the chair.


Detectives returned to Connor’s residence on 11/21/92 toquestion him further.  Connor voluntarily agreed to go to the policestation.  Detective Tymes asked Connor if shecould search his Cadillac and the cottage behind his home and he agreed, givingwritten consent.  Detective Tymes noticedbloodstains in the back and trunk of the Cadillac, but nothing appearedsuspicious in the cottage.


Although he was not under arrest, Connor was advised of hisMiranda rights, which he waived.  During questioning, detectives noticedblood on Connor’s socks and shoes.  Detective Tymesasked Connor if she could take his socks and shoes, Connor agreed and signed aconsent form.  DNA tests revealed that the blood on his socks and shoeswas that of Lawrence Goodine.  Detectives thenasked if they could search Connor’s house and the cottage behind it.  Connoragreed and signed another consent form.


A subsequent search of the Connor’s cottage uncovered thebody of Jessica Goodine, wrapped in a comforter andwedged between the bed and the wall.  The cause of death was determined tobe manual strangulation and the time of death was estimated at some time lateon 11/20/92.  The police obtained a search warrant to impound Connor’sCadillac for a more extensive examination.  The blood found in the car wasdetermined to belong to Lawrence Goodine.


Trial Summary:


12/02/92          Thedefendant was indicted on the following:

CountI:           First-DegreeMurder (Lawrence Goodine)

Count II:        First-Degree Murder (Jessica Goodine)

CountIII:        Kidnapping

CountIV:        Burglary with Assault

02/11/98          Thejury found the defendant guilty on all counts charged in the indictment.

02/26/98          Uponadvisory sentencing, the jury, by an 8 to 4 majority, voted for the deathpenalty for the murder of Jessica Goodine andrecommended life imprisonment

for themurder of Lawrence Goodine.

06/19/98          Thedefendant was sentenced as follows:

CountI:           First-DegreeMurder (Lawrence Goodine) - Life

Count II:        First-Degree Murder (Jessica Goodine) - Death

CountIII:        Kidnapping – 20 years

CountIV:        Burglary with Assault – 20 years


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court - Direct Appeal

FSC #93,697

803 So. 2d 598 (Fla. 2001)


08/17/98         Appeal filed.

09/06/01         FSC affirmed the convictions and sentence of death.

12/17/01         Rehearing denied.

12/17/01         Mandate issued.


United States Supreme Court - Petition for Writ ofCertiorari

USSC #01-9268

535 U.S. 1103


03/27/02         Petition filed.

05/28/02         Petition denied.


State Circuit Court - 3.850 Motion

CC #92-39548


05/23/03         Motion filed.

06/04/04         Motion denied.


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Motion Appeal

FSC# 04-1283

979 So. 2d 852


06/30/04         Appeal filed.

11/15/07         Appeal denied.

11/30/07         Motion for rehearing.

04/10/08         Rehearing denied.

04/28/08         Mandate issued.


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC# 06-2268


08/07/06         Petition filed.

08/20/07         Petition dismissed.


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

USDC# 07-23009


04/14/08          Petitionfiled.

05/18/10          Petitiondenied.

06/17/10          Motionfor Certificate of Appealability (COA) filed.

10/13/10          Motiongranted in part.



State Circuit Court - 3.850Motion

CC #92-39548


12/10/08          Motionfiled.

12/24/08          Motiondenied.


United StatesCourt of Appeals, 11th Circuit – Habeas Appeal

USCA# 10-12847



06/14/10          Appealfiled.


Factors Contributing to the Delay in the Imposition ofthe Sentence:


The disposition of Connor’s Direct Appeal took over threeyears to complete due to filing extensions.


Case Information:


On 08/17/98, Connor filed a Direct Appeal in the FloridaSupreme Court.  In that appeal, he argued that the trial court erred indenying his motion to suppress evidence (his socks and shoes, bloody clothing,the body of Jessica Goodine and materials seized fromhis Cadillac).  Connor claimed that his illegal arrest “tainted thesubsequent consents that he gave for the searches of his house, his car, andhis clothes.”  The Florida Supreme Court found that, even if initialencounter was illegal, subsequent consents for searches had not beentainted.  Connor additionally claimed that that the trial court erred inits application of the “avoid arrest” aggravating factor.  The FloridaSupreme Court agreed; however, they noted that the application of four otheraggravating factors far outweighed the existence of any mitigation, making theerror harmless.  Connor also argued the consideration and application ofother aggravating and mitigating circumstances.  The Florida Supreme Courtaffirmed his convictions and sentence of death on 09/06/01.


On 03/27/02, Connor filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorariin the United States Supreme Court, which was denied on 05/28/02.


On 05/23/03, Connor filed a 3.850 Motion in the StateCircuit Court, which was denied 06/04/04.


On 06/30/04, Connor filed a 3.850 Motion Appeal with theFlorida Supreme Court, which was denied on 11/15/07. The rehearing was deniedon 04/10/08 and a mandate was issued 04/28/08.


On 08/07/06, Connor submitted a Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus to the Florida Supreme Court, which was dismissed on 08/20/07.


On 11/19/07, Connor filed a Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus in the United States District Court, which was denied on 05/18/10. On06/17/10, Connor filed a Motion for COA, which was granted in part on 10/13/10.


On 12/10/08, Connor filed a 3.850 Motion in the StateCircuit Court, which was denied on 12/24/08.


On 06/14/10, Connor filed a Habeas Appeal in the UnitedStates Court of Appeals, which is pending.


Institutional Adjustment:


DATE           DAYS              VIOLATION                                  LOCATION      

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

10/18/98         20                BRIBERYOR ATTEMPTED             FSP

10/19/98         0                    DEST. OF ST. PROP.                       FSP

01/13/99         12                  DISOBEYINGORDER                   FSP

01/20/99         60                   DISOBEYINGORDER                   FSP

02/11/99         0                    POSS OF NARCOTICS                   FSP

03/14/99         30                  POSS OFCONTRABAND              FSP

05/27/99         60                  DISOBEYINGORDER                   FSP

07/25/99         30                  DEFACING STATEPROP.             FSP

07/25/99         60                  LYING TOSTAFF                           FSP

08/29/99         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   FSP

08/30/99         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   FSP

08/30/99         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   FSP

02/24/01         0                    SPOKEN THREATS                        UNION C.I.        

08/27/01         0                    UNARMED ASSAULT                   UNION C. I.  

11/15/01         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

12/20/01         0                    DISOBEYINGORDER                   UNION C. I.        

01/30/02         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

02/28/02         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

04/04/02         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

04/18/02         0                    POSS OF CONTRABAND              UNION C. I.        

05/13/02         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

05/16/02         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

06/20/02         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

08/05/02         0                     FAILURE TOCOMPLY                 UNION C. I.        

08/11/02         0                    UNARMED ASSAULT                   UNION C. I.        

09/07/02         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

01/06/03         0                    SPOKEN THREATS                        UNION C.I.        

01/08/03         0                    UNARMED ASSAULT                   UNION C. I.        

01/10/03         0                    UNARMEDASSAULT                   UNION C. I. 

03/17/03         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I. 

04/28/03         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I. 

05/22/03         0                    POSS OFCONTRABAND              UNION C. I. 

05/22/03         0                    UNARMED ASSAULT                   UNION C. I.       

10/17/03         0                    SPOKEN THREATS                        UNION C. I.

11/21/03         0                    DISOBEYINGORDER                   UNION C. I.

01/21/04         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.

01/21/04         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.




09/04/02 – ew

09/19/02 – approved – ws

11/10/10 – updated – jjk