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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
FarrVictor 541170RegistryCase Summary

Last Action

DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
7/24/2008FSC08-14063.851 Appeal
6/15/2009FSC08-1406Initial brief
9/15/2009FSC08-1406Answer brief filed
11/20/2009FSC08-1406Reply Brief
5/28/2010FSC08-1406Relinquished to CC
3/9/2011FSC08-1406Oral arguments held
4/8/2010FSC09-1010Oral Arguments scheduled
6/9/2010FSC09-1010Oral Arguments scheduled
3/9/2011FSC09-1010Oral arguments held
12/21/2004CC91000023.851 Motion
6/3/2005CC9100002Amended motion
11/5/2007CC9100002Evidentiary Hearing
1/8/2008CC9100002Status Conference
6/2/2008CC9100002Motion for rehearing
6/23/2008CC9100002Rehearing denied
9/17/2010CC9100002Status Conference

Current Attorney

Last NameFirst NameCityAddressZipPhoneEMail
LohmanJames C.Austin, TX1806 E. 39th St.78722-1320512/542-9947Email


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Last Updated

2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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FARR, Victor (W/M)

DC# 541170

DOB: 07/03/61


Third Judicial Circuit, Columbia County Case # 91-002

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Royce Agner

Attorney, Trial: William Slaughter – Assistant PublicDefender

Attorney, Direct Appeal: W.C. McLain – Assistant PublicDefender

Attorney, Collateral Appeals: James Lohman – Registry


Date ofOffense:                    12/11/90

Date of Sentence:                  05/13/91

Date ofResentence:               12/08/93


Circumstances of Offense:


On 12/11/90, Victor Farr attempted to kidnap and then shottwo women outside a Lake City, Florida bar.  He escaped by forcibly takinga car in which a man and woman were sitting.  The man fled, but Farrmanaged to escape with the woman still in the car.  Later, while beingpursued by police officers, Farr deliberately crashed the car into a tree,attempting to kill both himself and his hostage.  The woman was severelyinjured in the crash and subsequently died from the injuries, while Farr wasonly slightly injured. 


Additional Information:


Farr entered into a plea agreement with the State in whichhe pled guilty to all twelve counts of the indictment and requested that theState ask for the death penalty, explaining that he wanted to die.  Afterdetermining that Farr was capable of knowingly and voluntarily entering theplea and that he understood the consequences, the trial court accepted theplea.  Farr waived his right to a jury for both the guilt and penaltyphases of the trial.  Farr was sentenced to death on 05/13/91, but thissentence was overturned by the FSC on 06/24/93.  Farr was re-sentenced todeath on 12/08/93, and this was affirmed by the FSC on 05/04/95.


On 07/12/96, Farr wrote a letter to Assistant AttorneyGeneral Richard Martell, indicating that he wanted to waive all postconvictionappeals.  The Florida Supreme Court (FSC) ordered that a waiver hearing beheld in the trial court.  After the 10/17/96 hearing, the trial courtfound that Farr had knowingly and voluntarily waived counsel and appeals. 


On 11/18/96, Michael Minerva, former Capital CollateralRepresentative, sent a letter to the FSC, enclosing a letter that Minerva hadreceived from Farr.  In the letter, Farr requested that he be appointedcounsel so that he could file postconviction appeals. The FSC granted Farr’srequest.


Farr again requested to waive counsel and postconvictionappeals and a waiver hearing was ordered by the FSC to be held in the trialcourt.  On 10/03/97, after a waiver hearing, the court ruled that Farr hadknowingly and voluntarily waived counsel and postconvictionappeals.   An appeal to the FSC was filed on 10/24/97.


On 12/10/98, the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel for theMiddle Region of Florida (CCRC-M) received a letter from Farr requestingrepresentation in pursuing postconviction appeals.  On 12/11/98, JohnMoser, CCRC-M, filed a motion with the FSC to dismiss the appeal filed on10/24/97.  The motion was granted on 06/30/99. 


Currently, Farr has postconviction counsel.


Trial Summary:


01/03/91         Indicted as follows:

                                  Count I            GrandTheft

                                   CountII          Attempted ArmedBurglary

                                   CountIII         Attempted Armed Robbery

                                   CountIV         Attempted Armed Kidnapping

                                   CountV          Attempted ArmedKidnapping

                                   Count VI        Attempted First-Degree Murder

                                   CountVII       Attempted First-Degree Murder

                                   Count VIII     Armed Burglary

                                   CountIX         Armed Kidnapping

                                   CountX          Armed Kidnapping

                                   CountXI         Armed Robbery

                                   CountXII       First-Degree Murder

04/02/91         Pled guilty to all counts of the indictment and waived jury recommendation forthe guilt and penalty phase.

05/13/91         Sentenced as follows:

                                  CountI            Grand Theft– 5 years

                                  CountII          Attempted ArmedBurglary – 15 years

                                  CountIII         Attempted Armed Robbery –15 years

                                  CountIV         Attempted Armed Kidnapping –15 years

                                  CountV          Attempted ArmedKidnapping – 15 years

                                   Count VI         Attempted First-DegreeMurder – 30 years

                                  CountVII       Attempted First-Degree Murder – 30years

                                  CountVIII      Armed Burglary – Life imprisonment

                                  CountIX         Armed Kidnapping – Lifeimprisonment

                                  CountX          Armed Kidnapping – Lifeimprisonment

                                  CountXI         Armed Robbery – Lifeimprisonment

                                  Count XII      First-Degree Murder – Death


12/08/93         Resentenced to death


 Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# 77,925

621 So.2d 1368


05/14/91         Appeal filed

06/24/93         FSC affirmed the conviction, but vacated the death sentence

08/23/93         Rehearing denied

09/22/93         Mandate issued


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal (afterresentencing)

FSC# 82,894

656 So.2d 448


12/16/93         Appeal filed

05/04/95         FSC affirmed death sentence

06/21/95         Rehearing denied

07/21/95         Mandate issued


Circuit Court – Waiver of Counsel and PostconvictionAppeals Hearing

CC# 91-002


10/17/96         Waiver hearing held – counsel and proceedings waived


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC# 91-002


04/02/97         Motion filed

07/15/97         Amended motion filed

10/03/97         Waived by defendant


Circuit Court – Waiver of Counsel and PostconvictionAppeals Hearing

CC# 91-002


10/03/97         Waiver hearing held – counsel and proceedings waived


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Appeal (Waiver ofCounsel)

FSC# 91,682

735 So.2d 1284


10/24/97         Appeal filed

06/30/99         Motion to dismiss appeal granted and appeal dismissed


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of Mandamus

FSC# 91,836

704 So.2d 520


11/18/97         Petition filed

12/31/97         FSC denied petition


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC# 91-002


12/21/04         Motion filed

06/03/05         Motion amended

05/19/08         Motion denied

06/02/08         Motion for rehearing

06/23/08         Rehearing denied


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Appeal

FSC# 08-1406



07/24/08          Appeal filed

05/28/10          FSC relinquished the case to the CC for120 days


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC# 09-1010



06/15/09          Petition filed


Factors Contributing to the Delay in Imposition ofSentence:


The delay is due to Farr’s multiple requests to waivecounsel and appeals and then requests to reinstate counsel and appeals havecontributed to the delay. 


Case Information:


On 05/14/91, Farr filed a Direct Appeal with the FloridaSupreme Court, citing the following errors:  failure to weigh allmitigating evidence in the court record, including the psychiatric evaluationand the pre-sentence investigation; and the finding of the aggravatingcircumstances (previous felony conviction; murder committed during a felony;hindering the enforcement of laws; and heinous, atrocious or cruelmurder).  On 06/24/93, the FSC affirmed the convictions, but vacated thedeath sentence due to the trial court’s failure to weigh all mitigatingevidence.


On 12/16/93, Farr filed a Direct Appeal with the FloridaSupreme Court which centered on the rejection of the case for mitigation. During resentencing, Farr took the witness stand and refuted and controvertedthe case for mitigation, and, according to the FSC, it is within the discretionof the trial court to reject opinion or factual evidence in mitigation wherethere is support for the conclusion that the evidence is untrustworthy. On 05/04/95, the FSC affirmed the death sentence. 


On 10/17/96, a hearing to consider a motion to waive counseland future postconviction proceedings was held in the circuit court.  Thecourt found that Farr had knowingly and intelligently waived both his counseland future postconviction proceedings. 


On 04/02/97, Farr filed a 3.850 Motion with the circuitcourt, which was amended on 07/15/97.


On 10/03/97, a hearing to consider a motion to waive counseland future postconviction proceedings was held in the circuit court.  Thecourt found that Farr had knowingly and intelligently waived both his counsel andfuture postconviction proceedings. 


On 10/24/97, Farr’s counsel filed an appeal of the circuitcourt’s decision with the Florida Supreme Court.  The appeal was treatedas a 3.850 Motion appeal; however, on 06/30/99, Farr’s motion to dismiss theappeal was granted and the appeal was dismissed. 


On 11/18/97, Farr filed a Petition for Writ of Mandamus withthe Florida Supreme Court that was denied on 12/31/97.


On 12/21/04, Farr filed a 3.850 motion with the circuitcourt, which was amended on 06/03/05.  This motion was denied on 05/19/08.


On 07/24/08, Farr filed a 3.850 appeal with the FloridaSupreme Court. On 05/28/10, the FSC relinquished the case to the Circuit Courtfor 120 days. This appeal is currently pending.


On 06/15/09, Farr filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpuswith the Florida Supreme Court. The petition is pending.


Institutional Adjustment:





DATE    DAYS  VIOLATION                                     LOCATION      


07/12/96     0                     BARTERING WITH OTHER          UNION C. I.        

09/26/00     0                     DEFACING STATEPROP.              UNION C. I.        

11/05/01    60                    DISORDERLY CONDUCT              UNION C. I.        

04/29/02     0                      FIGHTING                                         UNION C. I.        




Report Date:   11/28/01          JFL

Approved:       12/05/01          WS

Updated:         08/10/10          KKR