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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
HamiltonRichard 123846RegistryCase Summary

Last Action

DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
8/26/2005USDC05-813Habeas motion
6/20/2007USDC05-813Motion amended
10/6/2008USCA08-14836Habeas Appeal
12/15/2010USCA08-14836Appeal Denied

Current Attorney

Last NameFirst NameCityAddressZipPhoneEMail
Blow IIIGeorge W.Live Oak, FL205 Parshley St., S.W.32064-2310386/362-6930Email


Last NameCase NumberJudgeCountyCCRCOrder DateContract Date
Blow III94-150-CF-1DouglasHamiltonNorth07/22/0408/04/04

Last Updated

2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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HAMILTON, Richard (W/M)

DC#    123846

DOB:   02/16/63


Third Judicial Circuit, Hamilton County Case # 94-150

(Venue changed to Clay County)

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable E. Vernon Douglas

Attorney, Trial: Jimmy E. Hunt & David M. Valin –Assistant Public Defender

Attorney, Direct Appeal: David A. Davis – Assistant PublicDefender

Attorney, Collateral Appeals: George W. Blow, III – Registry


Date of Offense:          04/27/94

Date of Sentence:        06/12/95


Circumstances of Offense:


Richard Hamilton and Anthony Wainwright escaped from a NorthCarolina prison, stole guns and a Cadillac, and traveled to Florida.  Whenthe car overheated on 04/27/94 in Lake City, FL, they kidnapped Carmen Gayheartat gunpoint from a Winn-Dixie parking lot and stole her Ford Bronco.  Thetwo raped, strangled, and shot Gayheart twice in the back of the head.


Codefendant Information:


Wainwright was also convicted of the charges and sentencedto death.


Trial Summary:


07/15/94         Indicted on the following counts:

                                  Count I First-Degree Murder

                                  Count II           Armedrobbery

                                  Count III          Armed kidnapping

                                  Count IV          Armed sexualbattery

08/12/94         Entered not guilty plea

05/30/95         Jury returned guilty verdict on all counts

06/01/95         By a vote of 10-2, jury recommended death sentence

06/12/95         Sentenced as follows:

                                  Count I First-Degree Murder – Death

                                  Counts II-IV    Life Imprisonment


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# 86,021

703 So.2d 1038


07/10/95         Appeal filed

10/23/97         FSC affirmed conviction and sentence

01/08/98         Rehearing denied

02/09/98         Mandate issued


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

USSC# 97-8803

524 U.S. 956


04/07/98         Petition filed

06/26/98         USSC denied Petition


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC# 94-150


11/08/99         Motion filed

05/29/02         Circuit Court denied Motion


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Motion Appeal

FSC# 02-1426

875 So.2d 586


06/28/02         Appeal filed

06/03/04         FSC affirmed denial of 3.850 Motion

08/26/04         Mandate issued


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC# 02-2409

875 So.2d 586


11/12/02         Petition filed

11/27/02         Petition amended

06/03/04         FSC denied Petition

08/26/04         Mandate issued


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

USDC# 05-813


08/26/05         Petition filed

06/20/07         Amended petition filed

07/07/08         Petition denied


United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit – HabeasAppeal

USCA# 08-14836


10/06/08         Appeal filed


Factors Contributing to the Delay in Imposition ofSentence:


The Direct Appeal was pending from 07/10/95 to 02/09/98.


Case Information:


On 07/10/95, Hamilton filed a Direct Appeal with the FloridaSupreme Court, citing the following nine errors: denying a mistrial, allowingthe State to impeach its own witnesses, allowing the State to elicit testimonyindicating Hamilton lied to the police, refusing to instruct the jury thatHamilton withdrew from the plan to commit murder, overruling defense objectionsto prosecutorial statements, admitting testimony concerning the victim’schildren, admitting several statements obtained in violation of his right tocut off police questioning, admitting evidence which the State had failed toprove, giving unconstitutional jury instruction on an aggravating circumstance(CCP).  The FSC affirmed the conviction and sentence of Hamilton on10/23/97.


On 04/07/98, Hamilton filed a Petition for Writ ofCertiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court that was denied on 06/26/98


On 11/08/99, Hamilton filed a 3.850 Motion with the CircuitCourt and amended the Motion on 06/30/00.  The Motion was denied on05/29/02.


On 06/28/02, Hamilton filed a 3.850 Motion Appeal with theFlorida Supreme Court, alleging ineffective assistance of counsel.  On06/03/04, the FSC affirmed the denial of the 3.850 Motion. 


On 11/12/02, Hamilton filed a Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus with the Florida Supreme Court.  On 11/27/02, he amended thePetition, alleging ineffective assistance of counsel and Ring issues.  On06/03/04, the FSC denied the Petition.


On 08/26/05, Hamilton filed a Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus with the U.S. District Court, Middle District that was amended on06/20/07. This petition was denied on 07/07/08.


On 10/06/08, Hamilton filed a Habeas Appeal with the UnitedStates Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit. This appeal was denied on 12/15/10.


Institutional Adjustment:





DATE                   DAYS                    VIOLATION                                      LOCATION      


04/27/96                0                            DEST. OF ST.PROP.                         FLORIDA STATE PRISON

08/05/98               60                          DISOBEYINGORDER                        CENTRALOFFICE      




Report Date:    09/06/01          JFL

Approved:       10/22/01          WS

Updated:          02/08/11         KLH