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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
ColemanMichael 067457RegistryCase Summary

Last Action

DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
8/2/2004FSC04-15203.850 Appeal
9/23/2005FSC04-1520Jurisdiction relinquished for MR
9/6/2007FSC04-15203.203 Appeal
1/16/2009FSC04-1520Initial brief
9/2/2010FSC04-1520Oral Arguments held
1/20/2009FSC09-92Habeas filed
9/2/2010FSC09-92Oral Arguments held
4/3/2007CC89-1139Status Conference
7/17/2007CC89-1139Evidentiary Hearing
8/2/2007CC89-11393.851 Denied

Current Attorney

Last NameFirst NameCityAddressZipPhoneEMail
BrodyHarry P.Sarasota, FLP.O. Box 503934277-5039941/350-4376 


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2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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COLEMAN, Michael (B/M)

DC #    067457

DOB:   07/24/61 


First Judicial Circuit, Escambia County, Case #89-01139

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Nickolas P. Geeker

Trial Attorney: Ted A. Stokes – Private

Attorney, Direct Appeal: Ted A. Stokes – Private

Attorney, Collateral Appeals: Harry Brody – Registry


Date of Offense:         09/19/88     

Date of Sentence:        09/29/89         


Circumstances of Offense:


Pensacola members of the “Miami Boys,” a statewide drugorganization, placed a safe containing drugs and money in the home of MichaelMcCormick.  McCormick’s neighbors, Derrick Hill and Morris Douglas stolethe safe from him.  In order to keep the location of the stolen goodsunknown, Hill and Douglas then gave the drugs and money to Darlene Crenshaw.


On 09/19/88, Michael Coleman, Timothy Robinson, BruceFrazier, and Michael McCormick, members of the “Miami Boys,” busted into Hilland Douglas’ apartment in search of the stolen goods.  Darlene Crenshawand Amanda Merrell were also in the apartment visiting Hill and Douglas. Coleman and his associates then forced all the apartment’s inhabitants tocompletely strip, after which he tied them up with electrical cord. Darrell Frazier then arrived with Mildred Baker, McCormick’s girlfriend. Robinson ordered the captives to relinquish the stolen drugs, and when no onespoke up, he began stabbing Hill.  Crenshaw stated that she could takethem to the drugs, and left with Bruce and Darrell Frazier.  Coleman andRobinson then raped both Merrell and Baker.


After showing the Fraziers to the drugs and money, Crenshawescaped.  When the Fraziers returned to Hill and Douglas’ apartment,Coleman and Robinson slashed and shot their five captives, including McCormick,and then all four men left.  Despite being shot in the head and having herthroat slashed, Merrell survived the attack and summoned police.  Theother four prisoners died at the scene.


Merrell and Crenshaw were able to identify Coleman fromphotographs, which aided authorities in their search for the defendant. The Pensacola Sheriff’s Department arrested Coleman on 02/14/89.


Codefendant Information:


Timothy Robinson was sentenced to death for his part in themurders on 09/26/89.

Robinson was convicted of First-Degree Murder, AttemptedMurder, Armed Kidnapping, Armed Sexual Battery, Armed Robbery, Armed Burglaryand Conspiracy to Traffic.


Bruce Frazier was convicted of Second-Degree Murder,Attempted Murder, Armed Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Armed Burglary, andConspiracy to Traffic.  Frazier was sentenced to 30 years for Traffickingand 50 years for each of the other convictions.


Darrell Frazier was convicted and sentenced to life forFirst-Degree Murder, Second-Degree Murder, Armed Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, andArmed Burglary.  He was sentenced to 30 years for Second-Degree Murder andConspiracy to Traffic. 


Prior Incarceration in the State of Florida:



Offense Date


Sentence Date


Case No.

Prison Sentence Length






5Y 0M 0D






4Y 6M 0D






4Y 0M 0D






15Y 0M 0D



NOTE:           On 01/21/92, Michael Coleman was sentenced to 15 years for an AggravatedBattery that occurred while he was incarcerated in the Florida prison systemfor the aforementioned quadruple homicide.


Trial Summary:


02/14/89         Defendant arrested.

02/28/89         Defendant indicted.

05/23/89         Amended indictment filed, charging:

                                   Count I:           First-Degree Murder   

                                   Count II:           First-DegreeMurder

                                   CountIII:         First-Degree Murder

                                   Count IV:         First-Degree Murder

                                   Count V:          Attempted Murder

                                   Count VI:         Armed Kidnapping

                                   Count VII:        Armed Kidnapping

                                   Count VIII:       Armed Kidnapping

                                   Count IX:         Armed Kidnapping

                                   Count X:          Armed Kidnapping

                                   Count XI:         Armed Kidnapping

                                   Count XII:        Armed Sexual Battery

                                   Count XIII:       Armed Sexual Battery

                                   Count XIV:      Conspiracy to Traffic

                                   Count XV:        Armed Burglary

                                   Count XVI:      Armed Robbery

                                   Count XVII:     Armed Robbery

06/01/89         The defendant was found guilty on all counts.

06/02/89         Upon advisory sentencing, the jury, by a 6 to 6 count, voted for life


09/29/89         Judge Geeker overrode the jury’s recommendation of life and the

defendant wassentenced as followed:

                                   Count I:           First-Degree Murder              Death

                                   Count II:           First-DegreeMurder               Death

                                   CountIII:         First-DegreeMurder               Death

                                   Count IV:         First-DegreeMurder               Death

                                   Count V:          AttemptedMurder                   30 Years

                                   Count VI:         ArmedKidnapping                  Life

                                   Count VII:        ArmedKidnapping                  Life

                                   Count VIII:       ArmedKidnapping                  Life

                                   Count IX:         ArmedKidnapping                  Life

                                   Count X:          ArmedKidnapping                  Life

                                   Count XI:         ArmedKidnapping                  Life

                                   Count XII:        Armed SexualBattery              Life

                                   Count XIII:       Armed Sexual Battery              Life

                                   Count XIV:      Conspiracy toTraffic               30 Years

                                   Count XV:        ArmedBurglary                       Life

                                   Count XVI:      ArmedRobbery                      Life

                                   Count XVII:     Armed Robbery                      Life


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC #74,944

610 So. 2d 1283


10/30/89         Appeal filed.

12/24/92         FSC affirmed the convictions and sentence of death.

12/24/92         Rehearing denied.

01/22/93         Mandate issued.


United States Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of Certiorari

USSC #93-5635

510 U.S. 921


08/17/93         Petition filed.

10/12/93         Petition denied.


State Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC #89-1139


03/24/97         Motion filed.

02/03/00         Amended motion filed.

07/16/04         Motion denied.


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 and 3.203 Motion Appeal

FSC# 04-1520



08/02/04          3.850 Appeal filed.

04/18/05          Motion to relinquish to trial court for3.203 (determination of mental


09/23/05          Relinquished to trial court for EvidentiaryHearing on mental retardation


09/06/07          3.203 Appeal filed.


State Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC #89-1139


04/21/05         Motion filed.

08/01/07         Motion denied.


State Circuit Court – 3.203 Motion (Relinquished fromFSC)

CC #89-1139


09/28/05          Motion filed.

08/28/07          Motion denied.


Florida Supreme Court –Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

FSC# 09-92


01/21/09          Petition filed.


Factors Contributing to the Delay in the Imposition ofthe Sentence:


There was a four-year gap between the date that Coleman’sPetition for Writ of Certiorari was denied and the date he filed his Motion toVacate Judgment and Sentence (3.850).    During this time,Capital Collateral Representative (CCR) was attempting to withdrawal as hiscollateral counsel, citing a conflict of interest in having represented hisco-defendant, Timothy Robinson.  CCR’s motion for withdrawal was denied,however, upon reconsideration, the trial court vacated its earlier ruling andallowed CCR to withdrawal.  When CCR was restructured into 3 regionaloffices, however, it was a moot point for CCR to withdrawal, as the conflictwas resolved by having the co-defendants represented by different regionaloffices.  In turn, Coleman’s 3.850 Motion was filed in March 1997 and waspending until 2004.  On 10/14/98, Coleman was appointed a new registryattorney, Maria Laverde, who filed a Notice of Withdrawal from the case inOctober 2003.  On 03/10/04, Spiro Kypreos was assigned as new registrycounsel for Michael Coleman, but Baya Harrison was later appointed.


Case Information:


Coleman filed a Direct Appeal in the Florida Supreme Courton 10/30/89.  In that appeal, he argued that the trial court erred in notsevering his trial from those of his co-defendants, in refusing to have arequested portion of the record regarding DNA evidence read back to the jury,and in denying his motion to suppress the testimony of certain witnesses. Also, Coleman contended that the sentencing judge erred in overriding thejury’s recommendation of life.  The Florida Supreme Court affirmed theconvictions and sentence of death on 12/24/02.


Coleman then filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in theUnited States Supreme Court, which was denied on 10/12/93.


Coleman next filed a 3.850 Motion in the State Circuit Courton 03/24/97 that was denied on 07/16/04. 


Coleman filed a 3.850 Motion Appeal in the Florida SupremeCourt on 08/02/04. This motion is pending.


Coleman filed a 3.203 Motion in the Florida Supreme Court on04/18/05. The Florida Supreme Court relinquished this motion to the trial courtfor an Evidentiary Hearing on the mental retardation claim on 09/23/05. Onrelinquishment, the State Circuit Court denied the 3.203 motion on 08/28/07.Coleman then filed a 3.203 Appeal in the Florida Supreme Court on09/06/07. This motion is pending. 


Coleman filed a 3.850 Motion in the State Circuit Court on04/21/05, which was denied on 08/01/07.


Coleman filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in theFlorida Supreme court on 01/21/09 that is pending.


Institutional Adjustment:


DATE            DAYS             VIOLATION                                     LOCATION      

--------           ----                ----------------------------                -------------------

08/20/90         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                     FSP

02/03/91         15                  POSS OFCONTRABAND               FSP

02/26/91          15                  DISOBEYINGORDER                     FSP

05/26/91         30                  DISOBEYINGORDER                     FSP

09/01/91         60                  ASSAULTS OR ATTEMPT               FSP

04/04/93         0                     DISOBEYINGORDER                     FSP

07/29/93         0                    POSS OF NARCOTICS                    UNION C.I.        

02/03/94         0                    POSS OF UNAUTH BEV.                UNION C.I.        

05/23/94         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                     UNION C.I.        

05/31/94         0                    FIGHTING                                        UNION C. I.        

06/21/94         0                    PART.IN RIOTS                               UNION C. I.        

06/30/94         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                     UNION C.I.        

07/01/94         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                     UNION C.I.        

07/03/94          0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS                UNION C.I.        

07/25/94         0                    REF. SUB. ABUSE TEST                  UNION C.I.       

02/22/95         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS                UNION C.I.       

02/27/00         180                POSS OFNARCOTICS                    UNION C.I.       

08/01/01         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                     UNION C.I.       

05/23/04         15                  POSS OFNEGOTIABLES                UNION C. I.

04/07/06         0                    POSS OF CONTRABAND               UNION C.I.




01/18/02 – ew

02/05/02 – approved – ws

01/05/10 – updated – kkr