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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
TaylorWilliam 111640CCRC-MCase Summary

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DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
10/25/2006CC01-8692Order finding competency to waive postconviction proceedings & counsel
10/9/2007CC01-86923.851 Motion
12/7/2007CC01-8692State's response filed
2/14/2008CC01-8692Amended 3.851 filed
3/17/2008CC01-8692Response filed
6/2/2008CC01-8692Status Conference set for 06/02/08
11/19/2009CC01-8692Motion denied
12/30/2009FSC09-24173.851 Appeal filed
11/4/2010FSC09-2417Initial brief filed
1/31/2011FSC09-2417Answer brief filed
4/4/2011FSC09-2417Reply filed
5/4/2011FSC09-2417Oral argument scheduled for 09/08/11
11/8/2010FSC10-2169Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed
1/31/2011FSC10-2169Response filed
5/4/2011FSC10-2169Oral argument scheduled for 09/08/11

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2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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TAYLOR, William K. (W/M)

DC#    111640

DOB:  09/08/58


Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County Case #01-8692  

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Barbara Fleischer

Attorney, Trial: Deborah Goins – Assistant Public Defender

Attorney, Direct Appeal: Andrea M. Norgard – AssistantPublic Defender

Attorney, Collateral Appeals: Maria Perinetti – CCRC-M


Date of Offense: 05/25/01

Date of Sentence: 09/29/04


Circumstances of Offense:


William Taylor met Sandra Kushmer and her brother, Billy D.Maddox, at Harry’s Bar in Riverview.  Taylor knew Kushmer fromschool.  When Taylor noticed that Kushmer’s brother bought expensivedrinks and left generous tips, he decided to rob them. He took them to theirmother’s house where he attacked them and robbed them.  Taylor hit Kushmerin the head then shot her in the face with a shotgun.  He then severelybeat Maddox.  Maddox nearly died from the beating, he received severalfractures to his skull and allegedly still suffers from lasting brain damagefrom the incident.


After the incident, while still in Tampa, Taylor washed hisbloody clothes, pawned the shotgun, made charges to the Maddox’s credit cardand attempted to cash one of Maddox’s checks.  Taylor then fled toMemphis, Tennessee, where he assumed Maddox’s identity of a stockbroker andused his stolen credit cards and checks to make purchases.  Taylor wasarrested in Memphis. 


Taylor has given various accounts of whathappened.   At one point he claimed that his wife, Lorena Taylor, anda man named Jose Arano were present and participated in the crimes; however,neither of them has been charged with a crime. 


Additional Information:


Taylor’s first trial ended in a mistrial because jurors weremistakenly allowed to hear a portion of Taylor’s confession in which hediscussed committing burglaries in Miami. 


Prior Incarceration History in the State of Florida:



Offense Date


Sentence Date


Case No.

Prison Sentence Length






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1Y 0M 0D



In 1976, Taylor shot a woman and assaulted another inDelaware.  He spent 23 years in prison for the crimes.  It isstipulated that under the name of Mark Levy, Taylor lived in Elko County,Nevada and assaulted and burglarized a female co-worker in 1977. 


Trial Summary:


06/12/01         Indicted as follows:

CountI:           First-DegreeMurder

CountII:         Attempted Murder

CountIII:        Robbery with a Deadly Weapon

CountIV:        Robbery with a Firearm

CountV:         Armed Burglary of a Dwelling

CountVI:        Felon in Possession of a Firearm

 03/26/04         Mistrialwas declared.

06/02-09/04     Retrialheld.     

06/09/04         Jury returned guilty verdicts on counts I through V of the indictment.

06/14/04         Jury recommended death by a vote of 12-0.

09/29/04         Sentenced as follows:

                                    CountI:           First-DegreeMurder – Death

CountII:         Attempted Murder – Life

CountIII:        Robbery with a Deadly Weapon –Life

CountIV:        Armed Burglary – Life with a 20year mandatory minimum

CountV:         Armed Burglary of a Dwelling– Life with a 10 year mandatory minimum


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# 04-2243

937 So.2d 590 (2006)


11/19/04         Appeal filed

06/29/06         FSC affirmed Taylor’s conviction and sentence

07/27/06         Mandate issued

State Circuit Court

CC# 01-8692


10/25/06         Order finding competency to waive postconviction proceedings & counsel

Florida Supreme Court – 3.851 Appeal

FSC# 06-2542

962 So.2d 336 (2007)


12/04/06         Appeal filed

07/09/07         Voluntarily dismissed


Circuit Court – 3.851 Motion

CC# 01-8692


10/09/07         Motion filed

02/14/08         Amended Motion filed

11/19/09          Motion denied


Florida Supreme Court – 3.851 Appeal

FSC# 09-2417



12/30/09          Appeal filed


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC# 10-2169



11/08/10          Petition filed


Case Information:


On 11/19/04, Taylor filed a Direct Appeal in the FloridaSupreme Court.  He argued that the trial court erred in denying the motionto suppress evidence seized in an unlawful search and that the sentence ofdeath is disproportionate for this case.  Taylor also contended that theFlorida Capital Sentencing process is unconstitutional since the judge, ratherthan the jury, determines the sentence and the existence of his prior violentfelony should not bar the application of Ring to his death sentence. Finally, Taylor argued that the jury instructions given during the penaltyphase unconstitutionally shifted the burden of proof onto him and the instructionsimproperly minimized and denigrated the role of the jury in violation ofCaldwell v. Mississippi.  The court affirmed Taylor’s conviction and deathsentence on 06/29/06.


On 10/25/06, the Circuit Court entered an order findingcompetency to waive postconviction proceedings & counsel.


On 12/04/06, an appeal of the Circuit Court order was filedin the Florida Supreme Court.  On 07/09/07, this appeal was voluntarilydismissed from the Florida Supreme Court.


On 10/09/07, Taylor filed a 3.851 motion in the CircuitCourt and then filed an Amended Motion on 02/14/08.  This motion wasdenied on 11/19/09.


Taylor filed a 3.851 appeal in the Florida Supreme Court on12/30/09. This case is currently pending.


Taylor filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in theFlorida Supreme Court on 11/08/10. This petition is currently pending.




Report Date:    09/29/06          DDK

Approved:       09/29/06          JFL

Updated:         12/02/10          EMJ