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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
TurnerWilliam T. 099865RegistryCase Summary

Last Action

DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
6/25/2008FSC08-1197Petition for Review of Non-final Order (3.203) filed
6/26/2008FSC08-11973.203 proceedings stayed pending FSC review
7/7/2008FSC08-1197State's Reponse to Petition for Review of Non-final Order filed
7/14/2008FSC08-1197Petitioner's Reply to State's Response filed
2/9/2009FSC08-1197Disposition reversed and remanded to the Circui Court for a new hearing
10/19/2009FSC09-19573.203 Appeal filed
1/20/2010FSC09-1957Initial brief filed
1/29/2010FSC09-1957Answer brief filed
3/30/2010FSC09-1957Reply brief filed
9/28/2010FSC09-1957FSC affirmed denial of 3.203 motion
12/27/2010USSC10-847Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed
1/28/2011USSC10-847Response filed
2/28/2011USSC10-847Petition denied
11/30/2004CC84-065043.203 Motion
8/21/2006CC84-06504Amended motion
1/24/2008CC84-06504Status Hearing
5/15/2008CC84-06504Huff Hearing
6/26/2008CC84-06504Stayed pending resolution of FSC# 08-1197
2/9/2009CC84-06504Hearing date pending
7/22/2009CC84-06504Hearing held
9/14/2009CC84-065043.203 Motion denied
11/30/2010CC84-65043.851 Motion filed
12/28/2010CC84-6504Answer brief filed
4/11/2011CC84-6504Motion denied

Current Attorney

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


Last NameCase NumberJudgeCountyCCRCOrder DateContract Date
Lohman84-6504MoranDuval 2/21/20068/11/2006

Last Updated

2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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TURNER, William (B/M)

DC # 099865

DOB: 07/02/45


Fourth Judicial Circuit, Duval County, Case #84-6504

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable John D. Southwood

Attorney, Criminal Trial: Henry Coxe, III

Attorney, Direct Appeal: Clyde M. Collins, Jr.

Attorney, Collateral Appeals: James Lohman – Registry


Date of Offense: 07/03/84

Date of Sentence: 11/01/85


Circumstances of Offense:


William Turner was convicted and sentenced to death for themurder of his wife, Shirley Turner, and her roommate, Joyce Brown.


In the early morning hours of 07/03/84, William Turner brokeinto the home of his estranged wife, Shirley Turner, and stabbed her twenty-twotimes in front of their daughter Anetra.  Joyce Brown, Shirley’s roommate,fled the scene in search of help.  William Turner tracked her down andcornered Joyce in a telephone booth where she was attempting to call 911. Despite her pleas, Turner stabbed her fifty-one times, repeatedly shouting,“You’re the one!”


William Turner reportedly believed that his wife and JoyceBrown were involved in a lesbian relationship, and he blamed Joyce for stealinghis wife and family.  Turner also reportedly believed that his wife was aprostitute.


Trial Summary:


07/03/84         Defendant arrested.

07/18/84         Defendant indicted on the following:

CountI:          First-Degree-Murder (Shirley Turner)

CountII:         First-Degree-Murder (JoyceBrown)

08/17/84         The defendant entered a plea of “not guilty”.

08/16/85         The trial jury found the defendant guilty of Counts I & II, as charged inthe indictment.

08/23/85         Upon advisory sentencing, the jury, by a 7 to 5 majority, voted for the deathpenalty for the murder of Joyce Brown.  The jury recommended life imprisonmentfor the murder of Shirley Turner.

11/01/85         The defendant was sentenced as followed:

CountI:           First-DegreeMurder (Shirley Turner) – Life

                                   Count II:        First-Degree Murder (Joyce Brown) – Death


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC #67,987

530 So. 2d 45


12/05/85         Appeal filed.

05/14/87         FSC relinquished jurisdiction to the trial court for an evidentiary hearing

  on the issue of Turner’s absenceduring key parts of the trial.

07/07/88         FSC affirmed the convictions and sentence of death.

09/22/88         Rehearing denied.

10/25/88         Mandate issued.


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

USSC #88-6101

489 U.S. 1040


11/22/88         Petition filed.

02/21/89         Petition denied.


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC #75,848

614 So. 2d 1075


04/16/90         Limited petition filed.

10/15/90         Amended petition filed.

12/24/92         Petition denied.

03/25/93         Mandate issued.


State Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC #84-6504


10/15/90         Motion filed.

11/06/90         Motion denied.


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Appeal

FSC #77,062

614 So. 2d 1075


12/11/90         Appeal filed.

12/24/92         FSC affirmed the denial of Turner’s 3.850 Motion.

03/25/93         Rehearing denied.

03/25/93         Mandate issued.


U.S. District Court, Middle District – Petition forWrit of Habeas Corpus

USDC #93-1057


07/19/93         Petition filed.

06/26/02         Petition denied.


U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit – Petition forWrit of Habeas Corpus Appeal

USCA #02-14941

339 F.3d 1247


09/09/02         Appeal filed.

07/29/03         USCA affirmed denial of petition.


Circuit Court – 3.851 Motion

CC #84-6504


12/20/02         Motion filed.

05/02/03         CC dismissed motion without prejudice.


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

USSC# 03-9251

541 U.S. 1034


03/05/04         Petition filed.

05/03/04         USSC denied petition.


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC# 03-1857

880 So.2d 1213


10/24/03         Petition filed.

05/04/04         Petition denied.

07/23/04         Rehearing denied.


State Circuit Court – 3.203 Motion

CC #84-6504


11/30/04         Motion filed.

08/21/06         Motion amended.

06/26/08         Circuit Court 3.203 proceedings stayed pending FSC review

09/14/09         Motion denied


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Review ofNon-final Order (3.203 Motion)

FSC# 08-1197

4 So.3d 677


06/25/08         Petition filed and Motion to Stay Circuit Court 3.203 proceedings filed

06/26/08         Circuit Court 3.203 proceedings stayed pending FSC review

02/09/09         Disposition reversed and remanded to the State Circuit Court


Florida Supreme Court – 3.203 Appeal

FSC# 09-1957

46 So.3d 568


10/19/09         Appeal filed

09/28/10            FSC affirmed the disposition of thelower court


United States Supreme Court – Petition for Writ ofCertiorari

USSC# 10-847


12/27/10            Petition filed

02/28/11            Petition denied


State Circuit Court – 3.851 Motion

CC# 84-6504


11/30/10            Motion filed

04/11/11            Motion denied




03/29/90         Death warrant signed by Governor Bob Martinez.

05/30/90         Execution scheduled.

04/26/90         Stay granted by the Florida Supreme Court to allow for time to file motions forpostconviction relief.




04/12/89         Clemency hearing held (denied).


Factors Contributing to the Delay in the Imposition ofthe Sentence:


The biggest source of delay in Turner’s case was hisPetition for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed in the United States District Court,Middle District, which was pending for nearly nine years.

Case Information:


On 12/05/85, William Turner filed a Direct Appeal in theFlorida Supreme Court appealing his convictions and sentence of death.  Inthat appeal, he argued that he was involuntarily absent during crucial portionsof his trial proceedings (voir dire & jury charge) or waived his presenceduring the proceedings.  The Florida Supreme Court relinquishedjurisdiction over the case and remanded to the trial court to determine whetherthere was validity to Turner’s claims.  The trial court found that Turnerenjoyed “meaningful participation” in the jury challenge process and that hewas not deprived of due process.  The Florida Supreme Court found,however, that Turner did not voluntarily waive his right to be present in thejury room during the challenge because he did not have intelligent knowledge ofsuch a right.  Nonetheless, the court determined the error to beharmless.  In regard to Turner’s claim that he was also involuntarilyabsent during the jury charge, the court found that the record showed thatTurner knowingly acquiesced to his counsel’s waiver of his right to bepresent.  In his Direct Appeal, Turner additionally argued that the trialcourt erred in allowing an audiotape of Joyce Brown’s 911-telephone call to beadmitted as evidence.  Turner also claimed that the trial court erred inits application of aggravating circumstances.  The Florida Supreme Courtaffirmed Turner’s convictions and sentence on 07/07/88.


Turner then filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in theUnited States Supreme Court, which was denied on 02/21/89.


On 03/29/90, Governor Bob Martinez signed a death warrantfor Turner.  He then filed a Stay of Execution and a limited Petition forWrit of Habeas Corpus.  The Florida Supreme Court granted the stay, afterwhich Turner filed an amended Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus.  In thatpetition, Turner argued the consideration of the contemporaneous murder of hiswife as a “prior violent felony” aggravating circumstance.  He alsoclaimed ineffective assistance of counsel.  The Habeas Petition was deniedon 12/24/92.


Turner next filed a 3.850 Motion in the State Circuit Court,which was subsequently denied without an evidentiary hearing.  Turner thenfiled an appeal of that decision in the Florida Supreme Court.  The highcourt affirmed the denial of Turner’s 3.850 Motion on 12/24/92.


On 07/19/93, Turner filed a Federal Petition for Writ ofHabeas Corpus in the United States District Court, Middle District, which wasdenied on 06/26/02.


On 09/09/02, Turner filed a Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus Appeal in the United States Court of Appeal, 11th Circuit.  On07/29/03, the USCA affirmed the denial of the petition.


On 12/20/02, Turner filed a 3.851 Motion in the CircuitCourt that was dismissed without prejudice on 05/02/03.


Turner filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the UnitedStates Supreme Court on 03/05/04 that was denied on 05/03/04.


Turner filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in theFlorida Supreme Court on 10/24/03.  The petition was denied on 05/04/04.


On 11/30/04, Turner filed a 3.203 Motion in the StateCircuit Court that was amended on 08/21/06.  As of 06/26/08, the motion isstayed pending resolution of Florida Supreme Court review.  On 02/09/09,the Florida Supreme Court reversed the State Circuit Court’s disposition andremanded for a new hearing. A new hearing was held, and the motion was deniedon 09/14/09.        


On 06/25/08, Turned filed, in the Florida Supreme Court, aPetition for Review of Non-final Order of the 3.203 Motion pending in theCircuit Court and a Motion to stay the proceedings in the Circuit Court. On 06/26/08, the Florida Supreme Court ordered a stay of proceedings for thepending 3.203 Motion in the Circuit Court.  On 02/09/09, the FloridaSupreme Court reversed the lower court’s disposition and remanded for a newhearing in the 3.203 Motion. No mandate will be issued.


Turner filed a 3.203 Appeal in the Florida Supreme Court on10/19/09. The FSC affirmed the denial of the motion on 09/28/10.


On 12/27/10, Turner filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorariin the United States Supreme Court. This petition was denied on 02/28/11.


On 11/30/10, Turner filed a 3.851 Motion in the StateCircuit Court. This motion was denied on 04/11/11.


Institutional Adjustment:



DATE            DAYS                  VIOLATION                                    LOCATION     

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06/20/00         180                 UNARMED ASSAULT                           UNION C.I.       





Written:           04/12/02         EW

Approved:       04/15/02         ES

Updated:         05/16/11         EMJ