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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
HutchinsonJeffrey 124849RegistryCase Summary

Last Action

DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
1/28/2008FSC08-993.850 Appeal
9/11/2009FSC08-99Rehearing denied
9/29/2009FSC08-99Mandate issued
9/25/2009USDC09-00430Petition for Habeas Corpus
12/2/2009USDC09-00430Petition denied
10/27/2010USCA10-14978PAppeal for Writ of Habeas Corpus
10/20/2005CC98-13823.851 Motion
1/3/2008CC98-1382Motion denied
3/11/2008CC98-1382Status Conference

Current Attorney

Last NameFirst NameCityAddressZipPhoneEMail
Taylor, Jr.Clyde M.Tallahassee, FL119 E. Park Ave.32301-7701850/224-1191Email


Last NameCase NumberJudgeCountyCCRCOrder DateContract Date
Taylor, Jr.98-1382-CF-001BarronOkaloosa 3/29/20079/17/2007

Last Updated

2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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DC#     124849

DOB:   11/06/62


­­­First Judicial Circuit, Okaloosa County Case # 98-1382

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable G. Robert Barron

Attorney, Trial: Stephen Cobb – Private

Attorney, Direct Appeal: Kepler Funk, Jack Platt, KeithSzachacz – Private

Attorney, Collateral Appeals:  Clyde Taylor – Private


Date of Offense:          09/11/98

Date of Sentence:        02/06/01


Circumstances of Offense:


On the evening of 09/11/98, Jeffrey Hutchinson and hislive-in girlfriend, Renee Flaherty had an argument.  After the argument,Hutchinson packed some of his clothes and guns into his truck, left, and wentto a bar.  Hutchinson told the bartender, who knew both Hutchinson andFlaherty, “Renee is pissed off at me.”  Hutchinson drank one and a halfglasses of beer and left, muttering to himself.  Witnesses noted thatHutchinson drove recklessly as he left the bar. 


Approximately 40 minutes after Hutchinson left the bar,there was a 911 call from Hutchinson’s home.  The caller stated, “I justshot my family” and “There were some guys here.”  Friends identified thecaller’s voice as Hutchinson’s. 


Deputies arrived within 10 minutes of Hutchinson’s call andfound him on the ground in the garage.  Deputies found the bodies of ReneeFlaherty, Amanda Flaherty (7 years old), and Logan Flaherty (4 years old) inthe master bedroom.  Each had been shot once in the head with ashotgun.  Geoffrey Flaherty (9 years old) was found in the living room,shot once in the chest and once in the head with a shotgun.  Hutchinsonhad gunshot residue on his hands and Geoffrey’s body tissue on his leg. 


Hutchinson alleged that two men came into the house, and hestruggled with them.  They then shot Renee and the children andfled.  Hutchinson was examined at the scene and at the jail and had noinjuries.    


Additional Information:


On 05/24/99, Hutchinson was diagnosed with Gulf War Illness(Syndrome). 


Trial Summary:


10/05/98         Indicted as follows:

                                   Count I:           First-Degree Murder – Renee Flaherty

                                   Count II:           First-DegreeMurder – Logan Flaherty

                                   Count III:         First-Degree Murder– Amanda Flaherty

Count IV:        First-Degree Murder – Geoffrey Flaherty

01/18/01         Jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the indictment

01/21/01         Jury recommendation waived

02/06/01         Sentenced as follows:

                                   Count I:           First-Degree Murder – Renee Flaherty – Life

                                   Count II:           First-DegreeMurder – Logan Flaherty – Death

                                   CountIII:         First-Degree Murder –Amanda Flaherty – Death

Count IV:        First-Degree Murder – Geoffrey Flaherty – Death


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# 01-500

882 So. 2d 943


03/07/01         Direct Appeal filed

07/01/04         FSC affirmed convictions and sentences

07/22/04         Mandate issued


Circuit Court – 3.851 Motion

CC# 98-1382


10/20/05         Motion filed

07/28/06         Motion amended

10/22/07         Evidentiary hearing held

01/03/08         Motion denied


Circuit Court – 3.853 Motion

CC# 98-1382


06/23/06         Motion filed

11/03/06         CC denied motion


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Appeal

FSC# 08-99


01/28/08         Appeal filed

07/09/09         Appeal denied

09/11/09         Rehearing denied

09/29/09         Mandate issued


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



09/25/09         Petition filed

12/02/09         Petition dismissed with prejudice.


United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit --Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

USCA# 10-14978P


10/27/2010        Petition filed


Factors Contributing to the Delay in Imposition ofSentence:


The Direct Appeal was pending from 03/07/01 –07/01/04. 


Case Information:


Hutchinson filed a Direct Appeal with the Florida SupremeCourt on 03/07/01, citing the following errors: failing to properly instructthe jury; admitting excited utterances as testimony; overruling objections tothe State’s closing argument; denying motions for mistrial, acquittal, and newtrial; finding aggravating circumstances; and the proportionality of the deathsentence.  On 07/01/04, the convictions and sentences were affirmed. 


Hutchinson filed a 3.851 Motion with the Circuit Court on10/20/05 and amended the motion on 07/28/06.  An evidentiary hearing washeld on 10/22/07. The motion was denied on 01/03/08.


Hutchinson filed a 3.853 Motion with the Circuit Court on06/23/06 that was denied on 11/03/06.


Hutchinson filed a 3.851 Motion Appeal with the FloridaSupreme Court on 01/28/08 that was denied on 07/09/09.


Hutchinson filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus withthe United States District Court (Middle District) on 09/25/09.  Thispetition was dismissed with prejudice on 12/02/09.


Hutchinson filed an Appeal for Writ of Habeas Corpus withthe United States Court of Appeals, 11th District.  This appeal isstill pending.


Institutional Adjustment:





DATE                   DAYS                   VIOLATION                                      LOCATION      

03/26/01                0                            POSS OFCONTRABAND                FLORIDA STATE PRISON





Report Date:    07/27/04          JFL

Updated:         01/05/11          CAR