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JonesRandall 111508CCRC-MCase Summary

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6/1/2004USDC04-416Habeas appeal
4/28/2008USDC04-416COA application
8/26/2008USDC04-416COA denied
8/17/2009USCA08-11289PPetition for Writ of Habeas Corpus Appeal

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JONES, Randall (W/M)

DC#    111508

DOB: 05/07/68


­­­Seventh Judicial Circuit, Putnam County Case # 87-1695

Sentencing and Resentencing Judge: The Honorable RobertPerry

Attorney, Trial: Howard Pearl – APD

Attorney, Direct Appeal (1990): Larry Henderson – APD

Attorney, Direct Appeal (1992): Gilbert Schaffnit – Private

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


Date of Offense:        07/27/87

Date of Sentence:      05/03/88         

Date of Resentence:    05/28/91



Circumstances of Offense:


During the evening of 07/26/87, Randall Jones and ChrisReesh went target shooting with a 30-30 caliber rifle near Rodman Dam in PutnamCounty.  Jones’ car became stuck in the sand pits, and after midnight,they tried to flag down a fisherman to pull them out.  The fishermanrefused, but told them to ask for help from the driver of a Chevrolet pickup truckparked in the parking lot.  Inside the cab of that truck slept MatthewBrock and Kelly Perry. 


A 12-year-old camper heard three gunshots between 12:30 a.m.and 1:30 a.m.   A Rodman Dam concession worker found cigarette packs,broken glass, and blood in the parking lot that morning.  She followed atrail of blood across the parking lot to a wooded area and discovered Brock’sbody.  A search of the area by police led to the discovery of thepartially clothed body of Perry.  Both Brock and Perry died from gunshotsto the head. 


Brock’s brother, Richard Brock, and sister-in-law sawBrock’s truck in the possession of Jones at a convenience store in Green CoveSprings, Florida at 7 a.m. on 07/27/87.  They noticed bullet holes in thewindshield and a 30-30 caliber rifle inside.  When Richard Brockconfronted Jones about the truck, Jones claimed that Matthew Brock sold him thetruck for $4,000. 


On 08/16/87, Jones was arrested in Mississippi forpossession of a stolen vehicle.  In interviews with Putnam CountySheriff’s Deputies, Jones implicated himself in the murders, but blamed Reeshfor the shootings. 


Codefendant Information:


Pursuant to a pleabargain, Chris Reesh pled guilty to one count of Armed Robbery, one count ofArmed Burglary, two counts of Accepting Money to Conceal a Crime, and one countof Shooting a Deadly Missile into Occupied Vehicle.  He was sentenced totwo terms of 20 years, two terms of 5 years, and one term of 15 years ofCommunity Supervision, respectively. 



Trial Summary:


08/28/87         Indicted as follows:

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder (Brock)

                                   Count II:         First-Degree Murder(Perry)

                                   Count III:        Armed Robbery

                                   Count IV:        Armed Burglary of aConveyance

                                   Count V:         Shooting a DeadlyMissile into Occupied Vehicle

                                   Count VI:        Second-Degree Grand Theft

Count VII:      SexualBattery

03/15/88         State nolle prossed Count VI of the indictment

03/24/88         Jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the indictment

03/28/88         Jury recommended death by a vote of 11-1

05/03/88         Sentenced as follows:

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder (Brock) – Death

                                   Count II:         First-Degree Murder(Perry) – Death

                                   Count III:        Armed Robbery – 9 years

                                   Count IV:        Armed Burglary of aConveyance – 7 years

                                   Count V:         Shooting a DeadlyMissile into Occupied Vehicle –

                                                           3.5 years  

Count VII:      SexualBattery – 17 years


09/13/90         FSC vacated death sentences, reversed SexualBattery conviction, and

                       remanded for resentencing

03/13/91         Jury recommended death by a vote of 10-2

05/28/91         Resentenced as follows:

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder (Brock)

                                   Count II:         First-Degree Murder(Perry)




Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# 72,461

569 So.2d 1234


05/19/88         Appeal filed

09/13/90         FSC affirmed Murder, Armed Robbery, Armed Burglary,and Shooting a

                       Missile convictions, but reversed the Sexual Battery conviction and

                       vacated the death sentences

11/15/90         Rehearing denied

12/15/90         Mandate issued


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal (afterresentencing)

FSC# 78,160

612 So.2d 1370


06/24/91         Appeal filed

12/17/92         FSC affirmed sentences

02/17/93         Rehearing denied

03/18/93         Mandate issued


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

USSC# 92-8797

510 U.S. 836


05/17/93         Petition filed

10/04/93         USSC denied Petition


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC# 87-1695


10/28/94         Motion filed

10/03/95         Motion amended

11/17/97         Motion amended

06/08/00         Circuit Court denied Motion


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Motion Appeal

FSC# 00-1492

845 So.2d 55


07/13/00         Appeal filed

02/13/03         FSC affirmed denial of 3.850 Motion

05/02/03         Rehearing denied

06/02/03         Mandate issued


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC# 01-2424

845 So.2d 55


11/02/01         Petition filed

02/13/03         FSC denied Petition

05/02/03         Rehearing denied

06/02/03         Mandate issued


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

USDC# 04-416


06/01/04         Petition filed

12/21/04         Petition amended

03/31/08         Petition denied

08/26/08         COA denied


U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit – Petition for Writof Habeas Corpus Appeal

USCA# 08-11289P


08/17/09           Petition filed


Factors Contributing to the Delay in Imposition ofSentence:


The vacating of Jones’sentence in 1990 and subsequent resentencing in 1991 and the 3.850 Motion thatwas pending for nearly four years, from 10/28/94 – 06/08/00.



Case Information:


Jones filed a DirectAppeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 05/19/88, citing the following errors:failing to suppress statements made to the police; absence during voir dire;improper finding of guilt for sexual battery conviction; lacking of adequatepredicate for DNA identification testimony; failing to affix Jones’fingerprints to a judgment of guilt; failing to use a special verdict form andunanimity on aggravating circumstances; unconstitutionality of the deathpenalty statute; improper finding of aggravating circumstances; allowing familymembers to give victim-impact statements; failing to allow arguments that Jonescould be sentenced to two consecutive minimum 25-year prison terms should thejury recommend life imprisonment; allowing the State to comment on the lack ofremorse of Jones.  On 09/13/90, the First-Degree Murder, Armed Robbery,Armed Burglary, and Shooting a Missile convictions were affirmed, but theSexual Battery conviction and was reversed and the death sentencesvacated.  The court found that the trial court erred by instructing thejury that the murder was heinous, atrocious, or cruel; by admittingvictim-impact testimony; preventing the jury from considering the potentialsentence of imprisonment; and by permitting the State to introduce evidence ofa lack of remorse.  The court determined that the cumulative effect ofthese errors required a new sentencing phase. 


Jones was resentenced todeath on 05/28/91. 


Jones filed a DirectAppeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 06/24/91, citing the following errors:failing to conduct an adequate inquiry into conflict of interest claims betweenJones and his trial counsel; failing to suppress statements to police; failingto use a special verdict form and unanimity on aggravating circumstances;unconstitutionality of the death penalty statute; improper comments to awitness by the judge; improper references to the victims and codefendant duringthe State’s closing arguments; and finding the cold, calculated, andpremeditated and pecuniary gain aggravators.  On 12/17/92, the sentencesof death were affirmed.


Jones filed a Petitionfor Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court on 05/17/93 that was deniedon 10/04/93. 


Jones filed a 3.850Motion with the Circuit Court on 10/28/94, raising thirty claims.  Jonesamended the motion on 10/03/95 and 11/17/97.  The 3.850 Motion was deniedon 06/08/00. 


Jones filed a 3.850Motion Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 07/13/00, citing the followingerrors: engaging in ex parte contact with the State, failing toengage in the required independent weighing of aggravating and mitigatingcircumstances, and claiming ineffective assistance of counsel.  On02/13/03, the denial of the 3.850 Motion was affirmed.


Jones filed a Petition forWrit of Habeas Corpus with the Florida Supreme Court on 11/02/01, citing claimsof ineffective assistance of counsel, violating Jones’ 8th Amendmentrights because he may be incompetent at the time of execution, and theunconstitutionality of the death penalty because it violates the rulings of theU.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in Apprendi and Ring.  On 02/13/03, thePetition was denied.


Jones filed a Petitionfor Writ of Habeas Corpus with the U.S. District Court, Middle District, on06/01/04 and amended it on 12/21/04.  The Petition was denied on03/31/08. 


Jones filed a Petitionfor Writ of Habeas Corpus Appeal with the United States Court of Appeals, 11thCircuit, on 08/17/09. This petition is still pending.

Institutional Adjustment:





DATE                  DAYS                   VIOLATION                                     LOCATION      

11/24/91              30                         POSS OF CONTRABAND                FLORIDA STATE PRISON

06/22/93              0                            DEFACING STATEPROP.              FLORIDA STATE PRISON

06/21/94              0                            PART.INRIOTS                                UNION C. I.        

01/12/95              0                            POSS OF WEAPONS                         UNION C.I.        

06/23/97              30                         DISOBEYING ORDER                     UNION C.I.        

07/11/97              0                            DISOBEYINGORDER                     UNION C. I.        

08/07/97              0                            DISOBEYINGORDER                     UNION C.I.        

09/18/97              0                            DISOBEYING ORDER                     UNION C. I.        

10/20/97              0                            DISOBEYINGORDER                     UNION C.I.        

11/19/97              30                         DISOBEYING ORDER                     UNION C. I.        

12/11/97              30                         DISOBEYING ORDER                     UNION C.I.-MED.FAC.

08/04/99              180                       UNAUTH USE OF DRUGS              UNION C.I.        

08/20/03              30                          FIGHTING                                         FLORIDA STATE PRISON

09/05/03              30                         POSS OF CONTRABAND                FLORIDA STATE PRISON

09/30/03              90                         SPOKENTHREATS                          FLORIDA STATE PRISON

01/16/04              30                         POSS OF CONTRABAND                UNION C. I.        



Report Date:  07/21/04          JFL

Updated:        02/07/11         CAR