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FERRELL, Jack D. (B/M)

DC#     083905

DOB:   08/05/40


­­Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orange County Case #92-4096

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Daniel Dawson

Attorney, Trial: Michael L. Irwin – Private

Attorney, Direct Appeal: Michael S. Becker – AssistantPublic Defender

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


Date of Offense:           04/18/92

Date of Sentence:         04/21/93

Date of Resentence:      06/20/95



Circumstances of Offense:


Jack Ferrell and Mary Williams lived together, and theirrelationship was marked by verbal and physical confrontations, includingFerrell threatening to kill Williams.  On 04/18/92, neighbors overheard the couple arguing and observed Ferrell enter and exit the apartment severaltimes.  When he left the apartment the final time, he told one of the neighborsthat he had killed Williams and the cops should be called.  Ferrell then droveaway in his car. 


Williams was found on the apartment floor with two gunshotwounds to the head, and she died ten days later due to hemorrhaging in thebrain.   At the time of Ferrell’s arrest, his breath smelled of alcohol, and headmitted to drinking heavily that day. 



Additional Information:


Ferrell died of natural causes on 05/15/07.



Prior Incarceration History in the State of Florida:


Ferrell was convicted andsentenced to fifteen years imprisonment for Second-Degree Murder in 1982.  Hewas released in 1987.



Trial Summary:


05/11/92          Indicted as follows:

                                    CountI First-Degree Murder

                                    CountII           Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

02/04/93          Jury returned guilty verdicts on allcounts of the indictment

03/09/93          Jury recommended a death sentence by avote 10-2

04/21/93          Sentenced as follows:

                                    CountI First-Degree Murder – Death

                                    CountII           Possession of a Firearm by a Felon – 30 years



Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# 81,668

653 So. 2d 367


04/29/93          Appeal filed

02/16/95          FSC affirmed conviction and remanded the case for anew sentencing


04/26/95          Rehearing denied


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal (after newsentencing order)

FSC# 81,668

680 So. 2d 390


01/05/96          Appeal filed

04/11/96          FSC affirmed sentence

10/04/96          Rehearing denied

11/04/96          Mandate issued


U.S. Supreme Court – Petition for Writ ofCertiorari

USSC# 96-7401

520 U.S. 1123


01/02/97          Petition filed

03/17/97          USSC denied Petition


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC# 92-4096


01/21/98          Motion filed

06/23/00          Motion amended

05/29/02          Circuit Court denied Motion


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Motion Appeal

FSC# 02-1498

918 So. 2d 163


07/03/02          Appealfiled

06/16/05          FSCaffirmed denial of the motion

12/22/05          Rehearingdenied

01/12/06          Mandateissued


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ ofHabeas Corpus

FSC# 03-218

918 So. 2d 163


02/10/03          Petitionfiled

06/16/05          FSCdenied petition

12/22/05          Rehearingdenied

01/12/06          Mandateissued


U.S. District Court, Middle District – Petitionfor Writ of Habeas Corpus

USDC# 06-102


01/24/06          Petitionfiled

06/04/07          Petitiondismissed due to the death of Ferrell on 05/15/07.



Factors Contributing to the Delay in Imposition ofSentence:


The 3.850 Motion waspending from 01/21/98 – 05/29/02.



Case Information:


Ferrell filed a DirectAppeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 04/29/93, citing the followingerrors:  admission of evidence of a collateral crime; denial of a motion toappoint co-counsel; denial of penalty phase jury instructions; imposition of adeath sentence without making written findings of fact; and death sentencebased on one aggravating circumstance and seven mitigating circumstances.  TheFSC agreed that the court’s failure to document the findings of fact foraggravating and mitigating circumstances in the sentencing order was improper. On 02/16/95, the FSC affirmed Ferrell’s convictions, vacated his deathsentence, and remanded the case to the Circuit Court for a new sentencingorder. 


Ferrell filed a DirectAppeal, after a new sentencing order was issued, with the Florida Supreme Courton 01/05/96, citing the following errors:  trial court overlooked mitigatingmental health testimony and the death sentence was disproportionate compared toother cases with one aggravating circumstance.  The FSC affirmed the deathsentence on 04/11/96.


Ferrell filed a Petitionfor Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court on 01/02/97 that was denied on 03/17/97.


Ferrell filed a 3.850Motion with the Circuit Court on 01/21/98 and amended the Motion on 06/23/00.  On 05/29/02, the Circuit Court denied the Motion.


Ferrell filed a 3.850Motion Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 07/03/02, alleging ineffectiveassistance of counsel.  On 06/16/05, the FSC affirmed the denial of themotion. 


Ferrell filed a Petitionfor Writ of Habeas Corpus with the Florida Supreme Court on 02/10/03, citing Ring,Apprendi, and competency issues.  On 06/16/05, the FSC denied thepetition. 


Ferrell filed a Petitionfor Writ of Habeas Corpus with the U.S. District Court, Middle District, on01/24/06 that was dismissed on 06/04/07 due to the death of Farrell by naturalcauses on 05/15/07. 



Report Date:     05/21/03          JFL

Approved:        06/10/03          WS

Updated:          06/21/07          JFL