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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
FloydMaurice V01514CCRC-MCase Summary

Last Action

DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
10/11/2007FSC07-1894Habeas Corpus
11/6/2008FSC07-1894Oral Arguments
6/18/2009FSC07-1894Motion for rehearing
9/24/2009FSC07-1894Rehearing denied
2/22/2007FSC07-3303.851 Appeal
11/6/2008FSC07-330Oral Arguments
6/18/2009FSC07-330Motion for rehearing
9/24/2009FSC07-330Rehearing denied
10/13/2009FSC07-330Mandate issued
10/13/2009USDC09-1017Habeas filed

Current Attorney

Last NameFirst NameCityAddressZipPhoneEMail
StrainRobert T.Tampa, FL3801 Corporex Park Dr Ste 21033619813/740-3544Email


Last NameCase NumberJudgeCountyCCRCOrder DateContract Date
Strain98-1315 PutnamMiddle  

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2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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FLOYD, Maurice (B/M)

DC#    V01514

DOB:   11/29/76


Seventh Judicial Circuit, Putnam County Case # 98-1315

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable William Parsons

Attorney, Trial: Douglas R. Withee – Assistant PublicDefender

Attorney, Direct Appeal: Christopher Quarles – AssistantPublic Defender

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


Date of Offense:          07/13/98

Date of Sentence:        05/26/99


Circumstances of Offense:


On the evening of 07/11/98, Trelane Floyd and several of hercousins went to a supper club to celebrate her birthday. Her husband,Maurice Floyd followed her and observed her drinking and dancing. Prior tothis occasion, Maurice Floyd expressed his disapproval of Trelane Floyd’salcohol consumption. When Trelane returned home around 5:00 a.m. on the morningof July 12th, Maurice informed her that he would not allow her to sleep andincreased the volume on the televisions and radio in their apartment. Healso threatened to kill her or someone she loved as reprisal for her drinkingor if she ever attempted to run or hide from him. Later that day, Trelanefelt a gun being placed beside her head as she was lying in bed. Floydpulled the trigger three times, but the weapon did not fire. 


On July 13th, Trelane and Maurice Floyd had a heatedargument on a street near their apartment. Trelane attempted to fleeto the sheriff’s office, but Maurice rammed his car into Trelane’scar. After a high-speed chase, Trelane arrived at the sheriff’soffice. Trelane exited the car, screamed for help, and Deputy Dean Kellyresponded from his desk in the office. Trelane was explaining her situationto Deputy Kelly when Maurice began rapidly approaching Trelane onfoot. Deputy Kelly prevented Maurice from approaching further, and advisedhim that he would be placed in investigative custody until the situation couldbe resolved. Maurice extended his hands into the air and backed up toDeputy Kelly, but Maurice fled the scene before the deputy could place thehandcuffs on Maurice.


After giving a statement to sheriff’s office personnel,Trelane called her mother, Mary Goss, to inform her of the fight andconfrontation with Maurice. Ms. Goss told Trelane that her three children wereat her [Goss’] home and that she would not allow Maurice to get them. At somepoint during the evening of July 13th, Maurice went to the house of Ms. Goss,who then told Trelane’s children to run to a neighbor’s house. Severalwitnesses, including the children, saw Maurice and Ms. Goss arguing through thedoor that Maurice had kicked in and saw her run outside onto theporch. Maurice fired three shots at Ms. Goss with a .357 caliber pistol,striking her once in the face, killing her instantly. 


Additionally, Floyd confessed to the murder of Mary Goss toa friend, Tashoni Lamb. Floyd told her, “I just shot Miss Mary [Goss], thegrandmother,” and he explained that he shot her because “she had threatened tocall the police.” 


Additional Information:


On 05/26/99, Floyd was sentenced to three five year termsfor one count of Burglary, (Case# 95-1456) and two counts of Accessory Afterthe Fact (Case# 95-2062). 


Prior Community Supervision History in the State ofFlorida:



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Trial Summary:


08/05/98         Indicted as follows:

                                   Count I First-Degree Murder

                                   Count II           ArmedBurglary

                                   Count III          AggravatedAssault

04/07/99         Jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the indictment

04/08/99         Jury recommended death by a vote of 11-1

05/26/99         Sentenced as follows:

                                   Count I First-Degree Murder – Death

                                   Count II           ArmedBurglary – 30 years

                                   Count III          AggravatedAssault – 5 years


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# 95,824

850 So.2d 383


06/18/99          Appeal filed

08/22/02          FSCaffirmed First-Degree Murder and Assault convictions and sentences, but reversedconviction for Armed Burglary

06/12/03          Rehearing denied and Mandate issued


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

USSC# 03-6488

540 U.S. 1112


09/09/03          Petition filed

01/12/04          USSC denied Petition


Circuit Court – 3.851 Motion

CC# 98-1315


01/10/05          Motion filed

01/24/05          Motion amended

11/28/05          Evidentiary Hearing held

01/09/06          Evidentiary Hearing held

10/31/06          Evidentiary Hearing held

02/01/07          CC denied motion


Florida Supreme Court – 3.851 Motion Appeal

FSC# 07-330

18 So.3d 432


02/22/07          Appeal filed

06/04/09          Appeal denied

06/18/09          Motion for rehearing

09/24/09          Rehearing denied

10/13/09          Mandate issued


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC# 07-1894

18 So.3d 432


10/11/07          Petition filed

06/04/09          Petition denied

06/18/09          Motion for rehearing

09/24/09          Rehearing denied 


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

USDC# 09-1017



10/13/09          Petition filed


Factors Contributing to the Delay in Imposition ofSentence:


The Direct Appeal was pending from 06/18/99 – 08/22/02.


Case Information:


Floyd filed a Direct Appeal with the Florida Supreme Courton 06/18/99, citing errors related to evidence admission and presentation,aggravating circumstances, and the proportionality of the death penalty. On 08/22/02, the FSC affirmed the First-Degree Murder and Assault convictionsand sentences, but reversed the Armed Burglary conviction. 


Floyd filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the U.S.Supreme Court on 09/09/03 that was denied on 01/12/04.


Floyd filed a 3.851 Motion with the Circuit Court on01/10/05 and amended the motion on 01/24/05.  On 11/28/05, 01/09/06, and 10/31/06Evidentiary Hearings were held, and on 02/01/07, the CC denied the motion.


Floyd filed a 3.851 Motion Appeal with the Florida SupremeCourt on 02/22/07 that was denied on 06/04/09.


On 10/11/07, Floyd filed a Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus with the Florida Supreme Court that was denied on 06/04/09.


On 10/13/09, Floyd filed a Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus with the United States District Court, Middle District that is pending.




Report Date:   01/29/04          JFL

Approved:       02/03/04          EW

Updated:         12/17/09          KKR