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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
BoydLucious 699893CCRC-SCase Summary

Last Action

DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
2/14/2007CC99-58093.851 Motion
1/16/2009CC99-5809Status Conference
3/5/2009CC99-5809Evidentiary Hearing scheduled
5/29/2009CC99-5809Amended motion filed
4/27/2010CC99-5809Status Conference
6/30/2010CC99-5809Status Conference

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Last NameFirst NameCityAddressZipPhoneEMail
KefferSuzanne M.Fort Lauderdale, FL101 NE 3rd Ave Ste 40033301954/713-1284Email


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2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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BOYD, Lucious (B/M)

DC#     699893

DOB:   03/22/59


­­­Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, Broward County Case #99-5809

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Ronald Rothschild

Attorney, Trial:  Bill Laswell & James Ongley –Assistant Public Defenders

Attorney, Direct Appeal:  Gary Lee Caldwell – AssistantPublic Defender

Attorney, Collateral Appeals:  Suzanne Keffer – CCRC-S


Date of Offense:          12/05/98

Date of Sentence:        06/21/02


Circumstances of Offense:


In the early morning hours of 12/05/98, Dawnia Dacosta’s carran out of gas while she was returning from a midnight church service. She walked to a nearby Texaco gas station and filled a gas can with a gallon ofgas.  People at the gas station saw Dacosta speaking with a black male inthe parking lot.  Dacosta was last seen getting into a teal church vanwith the man to whom she had been speaking, later identified as LuciousBoyd. 


On 12/07/98, Dacosta’s body was discovered in an alleybehind a warehouse.  The body was wrapped in a shower curtain liner, abrown bed sheet, and a yellow bed sheet.  A laundry bag and twolarge black trash bags covered her head.   Forensic evidence showedthat Dacosta died due to a penetrating head wound.  Bruising on Dacosta’shead was consistent with the face plate of a reciprocating saw, and wounds tothe chest, arms, and head were consistent with a torque screwdriver. Dacosta’s body also had vaginal bruising. 


Lucious Boyd did routine maintenance for the Hope OutreachMinistry Church, which owned a teal van.  Boyd was driving the van on theweekend of the Dacosta murder.  Witnesses at the gas station where Dacostawas last seen alive recalled seeing the word “Hope” on the teal van thatDacosta was seen leaving the gas station in.  The van contained varioustools owned by the church, including a set of torque screwdrivers and areciprocating saw. 


DNA and hair evidence from Dacosta’s body matched Boyd’s DNAprofile.  Bite marks on Dacosta’s arm were consistent with Boyd’steeth.  Tire tracks on one of the sheets used to cover Dacosta wereconsistent with the tires on the church van. 


Prior Community Supervision History in the State ofFlorida:



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Trial Summary:


05/14/99         Indicted as follows:

                                   Count I:           First-Degree Murder

                                   Count II:           SexualBattery

                                   Count III:         Armed Kidnapping

01/30/02         Jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the indictment

03/12/02         Jury recommended death by a vote of 12-0

06/21/02         Sentenced as follows:

                                   CountI:           First-Degree Murder – Death

                                   Count II:           SexualBattery – 15 Years

                                   Count III:         Armed Kidnapping –Life Imprisonment


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# 02-1590

910 So. 2d 167


07/19/02         Appeal filed

02/10/05         FSC affirmed convictions and sentences

06/16/05         Revised opinion issued

08/24/05         Rehearing denied

09/09/05         Mandate issued


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

USSC# 05-7787

126 S. Ct. 1350


11/18/05         Petition filed

02/21/06         Petition denied


Circuit Court – 3.851 Motion

CC# 99-5809


02/14/07          Motion filed

05/29/09          Motion amended


Case Information:


Boyd filed a Direct Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on07/19/02, citing the following errors: refusing to declare a mistrial due tojuror discussing outside information, overruling a defense request formaterial, relying on insufficient evidence for conviction, overruling anobjection to admitting evidence of other crimes, overruling an objection to theState’s cross-examination of Boyd, failing to consider the testimony ofcompetency experts, failing to order a competency hearing, allowing Boyd towaive mitigation, giving great weight to the jury’s recommendation, allowinginvalid presentation of mitigation by not allowing Boyd’s counsel to callwitnesses, finding aggravating circumstances not supported by the evidence,allowing photographs of the victim to be presented, failing to properly assessmitigation, and failing to proportionately sentence.  On 02/10/05, the FSCaffirmed the convictions and sentences. 


Boyd filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the U.S.Supreme Court on 11/18/05 that was denied on 02/21/06.


Boyd filed a 3.851 Motion with the Circuit Court on 02/14/07which was amended on 05/29/09. The motion is pending.




Report Date:    11/03/05          JFL

Updated:         09/08/09          KKR