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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
TreaseRobert 124346Pro BonoCase Summary

Last Action

DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
7/19/2007FSC07-13533.850 Appeal
4/25/2008FSC07-1353Initial brief filed
6/19/2008FSC07-1353Relinquished to Circuit Court
10/21/2008CC07-1353Relinquishment ended
1/28/2009CC07-1353Initial brief filed
3/19/2009CC07-1353Initial Amended brief filed
4/3/2009CC07-1353Answer brief filed
3/4/2010FSC07-1353Oral Arguments held
6/24/2010FSC07-1353FSC affirmed denial of 3.850 Motion
7/16/2010FSC07-1353Mandate issued
4/29/2008FSC08-792Habeas Petition filed
3/4/2010FSC08-792Oral Arguments held
11/22/2010USSC10-7730Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed
12/29/2010USSC10-7730Response filed
1/19/2011USSC10-7730Reply filed
2/22/2011USSC10-7730Petition denied

Current Attorney

Last NameFirst NameCityAddressZipPhoneEMail
OliveMark E.Tallahassee, FL320 W. Jefferson St.32301-1608850/224-0004Email


Last NameCase NumberJudgeCountyCCRCOrder DateContract Date
Olive95-2207 CFABennettSarasota 12/8/20053/9/2006

Last Updated

2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

Case Summary
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Trease, Robert (W/M)

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TREASE, Robert (W/M)

DC #   124346

DOB: 01/21/53


Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Sarasota County Case #95-2207/96-1900

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Robert Bennett

Trial Attorney: Fred Mercurio – Special Appointed PublicDefender

Attorney, Direct Appeal: Andrea Norgard – Assistant PublicDefender

Attorneys, Collateral Appeals: Thomas Dunn & Mark Olive– Pro Bono


Date of Offense: 08/17/85

Date of Sentence: 01/22/97


Circumstances of Offense:


The defendant, Robert Trease, and his accomplice Hope Siegelconspired to rob the victim Paul Edeson. The robbery resulted in Trease killingthe victim with a knife.


Trease and Siegel planned for her to arrange a date with thevictim so that she could learn where the victim kept a hidden safe. Theyplanned to return later to recover any money the victim may have had. Siegelarrived at the victim’s home and after spending time with the victim,determined that he did not have a safe. She left the victim’s residence and metwith Trease, to inform him that the victim did not own a safe. Trease followedMs. Siegal back to the victim’s house where he surprised and attacked thevictim in an effort to obtain the safe’s location. The victim continued toinsist that he did not have a safe in his house. Trease told Siegel to get agun, which he put to the victim’s head as he continued the questioning. Thevictim remained uncooperative so Trease fired a non-lethal bullet into his headand then asked Siegel to retrieve a knife. He then cut the victim’s throatresulting in his death. Subsequent to his arrest, Trease denied any knowledgeor involvement in the crime. Siegel, however, gave a detailed statementimplicating them both.


Codefendant Information:


Hope Siegel


Hope Siegel was sentenced on 12-30-96 for Second DegreeMurder and received a sentence of 20 years prison. She was also sentenced on02-19-97 to one year prison for Burglary of a Dwelling. (Both charges resultedfrom the same incident)

Trial Summary:


09/28/95         Indicted by the Grand Jury, Case # 95-2207.

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder 

10/13/95         Special Public Defender appointed, plea of not guilty entered.

02/14/96         Information filed for case # 96-1900, *

                                   Count I:           Burglaryof a Dwelling with Assault While Armed.

                                   Count II:         Robbery with aFirearm.

12/11/96         The jury found the defendant guilty of all counts as charged both inthe indictment and the information.

12/19/96         Upon advisory sentencing the trial jury, by a 11 to 1 majority, voted for thedeath penalty.

01/22/97         The defendant sentenced as follows:


Case # 95-2207

CountI:           First-DegreeMurder – Death


Case # 96-1900

                                         CountI:           Burglary of aDwelling w/ an Assault While Armed – Life

                                         CountII:         Robbery with a Firearm –Life


*Note, the charges in case # 96-1900 are related to the sameincident.


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court, Direct Appeal

FSC # SC89, 961

768 So. 2d 1050 (Fla. 00)


02/28/97         Appeal filed.

08/17/00         FSC affirmed convictions and the sentence of death.

10/11/00         Rehearing denied.

11/13/00         Mandate issued.


State Circuit Court, 3.850 Motion

Circuit Court Case #’s 95-2207/ 96-1900


05/23/01         Motion filed.

05/31/01         Motion denied.

09/27/02         Motion reinstated.

03/27/06         Motion amended.

05/11/07         Motion denied.

05/24/07         Motion for rehearing filed.

06/05/07         Motion denied.


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Motion Appeal

FSC# 07-1353

41 So.3d 119


07/19/07         Appeal filed.

06/19/08         Relinquished to the State Circuit Court.

10/21/08         Relinquishment ended.

06/24/10          Denial of motion affirmed.

07/16/10          Mandate issued.



Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC# 08-792

41 So.3d 119


04/29/08         Petition filed.

06/24/10          Petition denied.


United States Supreme Court – Petition for Writ ofCertiorari

USSC# 10-7730


11/22/10          Petition filed.

02/22/11          Petition denied.



Warrant Information:


11/19/01         Governor Jeb Bush signed death warrant.

02/06/02         Governor Jeb Bush granted a Stay of Execution.


Case Information:


Trease filed his Direct Appeal to the Florida Supreme Courton 02/28/97. Trease’s initial appeal contained a number of claims including:the trial court abused its discretion by failing to appoint co-counsel toassist in the penalty phase and in denying his request for new counsel, thecourt erred in granting the State’s pre-trial motion, thereby preventing thedefense from cross-examining Siegel regarding her drug addiction, the courtgave little weight to non-statutory mitigating factors, the court erred infinding that Trease killed the victim in order to avoid a lawful arrest andthe  penalty of death was disproportionate. The Supreme Court affirmed theconvictions and the sentence of death on 08/17/00.


CCRC filed a notice of appearance in January of 2001. On03/19/01, Trease filed a motion to dismiss counsel. On 05/23/01, a 3.850 motionwas filed on Trease’s behalf. A competency hearing was held on 05/24/01. On05/31/01, the trial court entered an order: determining the defendant competentto proceed, denying the 3.850 motion, granting the defendant’s motion todismiss counsel.  On 09/27/02, the 3.850 motion was reinstated.  On03/27/06, the motion was amended.  On 05/11/07, the amended motion wasdenied.  Trease filed a motion for rehearing on 05/24/07 which was deniedon 06/05/07.


On 11/19/01, Governor Jeb Bush signed a death warrant. Theexecution was scheduled for 02/07/02, however, Governor Bush granted a Stay ofExecution on 02/06/02.


Trease filed a 3.850 Motion Appeal to the Florida SupremeCourt on 07/19/07.  This appeal was relinquished to the Circuit Court on06/19/08 and ended on 10/21/08. The denial of the motion was affirmed on06/24/10. A mandate was issued on 07/16/10.


On 04/29/08, Trease filed a Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus in the Florida Supreme Court.  This petition was denied on06/24/10.


On 11/22/10, Trease filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorariin the United States Supreme Court. This petition was denied 02/22/11.


Institutional Adjustment:



 DATE       DAYS              VIOLATION                                    LOCATION  

09/24/00        0          DEFACINGSTATEPROP.                          UNIONC.I.         

10/26/05        30        DISORDERLYCONDUCT             FLORIDA STATE PRISON

12/13/05        30        POSSOFCONTRABAND              FLORIDA STATE PRISON




Report date     06/04/01         WHS

Updated          03/10/11          EMJ