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WinklesJames 009547CCRC-MCase Summary

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DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
5/22/2008FSC08-9413.851 appeal filed
10/17/2008FSC08-941Initial brief filed
1/20/2009FSC08-941Answer brief filed
2/23/2009FSC08-941Reply brief filed
6/1/2009FSC08-941Oral Arguments held
9/3/2009FSC08-941FSC affirmed denial of 3.851 motion
11/12/2009FSC08-941Mandate issued
11/18/2009USDC-M09-02352Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed
3/26/2010USDC-M09-02352Response filed
5/26/2010USDC-M09-02352Reply filed
6/24/2010USDC-M09-02352Response filed

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2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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WINKLES, James (W/M)

A.K.A. Jimmy Delano Hawk

DC#              009547

DOB:   12/18/40


­­­Sixth Judicial Circuit, Pinellas County Case # 99-5593

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Richard Luce

Attorney, Trial: Daniel Hernandez – Public Defender’s Office

Attorney, Direct Appeal: Richard Kiley & Ali Shakoor –CCRC-M


Date of Offense: 09/09/80 and 10/03/81

Date of Sentence: 04/14/03


Circumstances of Offense:


In February of 1998, while incarcerated at HardyCorrectional Institution, Winkles requested to speak with officers fromPinellas County.  Winkles was serving a life sentence for the kidnappingof Donna Maltby.  Winkles confessed to the Elizabeth Graham and MargoDelimon murders, which took place nearly 18 years earlier.  He gave theofficers detailed information about both murders.  


Sometime between September 9, 1980, and July 3, 1981,Winkles abducted and murdered Graham. Winkles had seen a young woman whoworked for an area dog grooming business, The Pampered Poodle.  Winklescalled the business and requested service to the address of an abandoned housein hopes of abducting the woman.  The girl whom he had picked out did not arrive;instead, Graham arrived at the address.  Winkles decided Graham was justas good as the original girl he had wanted and carried out his plan.  WhenGraham opened the van’s side door, Winkles attacked her.  He pushed herdown, put a pistol to her head, handcuffed her, gagged her, blindfolded her andput her in the back of his station wagon.  He punctured the right fronttire of the Pampered Poodle van and stole 20 dollars out of Graham’spurse. 


Winkles claims to have held Graham prisoner for four daysand nights at his grandmother’s house.  At one point, however, he said hemight have had her at a motor home on his property in the countryinstead.  During the captivity, Graham was kept in shackles and forced toengage in several sexual acts with Winkles.  Winkles feared Graham knewtheir location from looking at magazines with the mailing address on them anddecided he had to kill her.  He gave her four Flexeril muscle relaxants,which put her to sleep.  Winkles then put an umbrella over Graham’s headto shield blood splatters and shot her three times in the top of herhead.  He then removed her clothes and the sheets off the bed and burnedthem.  He buried Graham’s body in Pinellas County.  Sixteen dayslater, he returned to dig up the body and removed the head.  He took theskull and ran water through it to make sure no spent bullets remained inside,removed the teeth and lower mandible and then threw the skull into theSteinhatchee River in Lafayette county.  Graham’s skull was discovered inJuly of 1981, but was not identified by DNA testing until the late 1990s. 


Winkles abducted Delimon sometime between October 3 andOctober 21, 1981.  Delimon was a realty salesperson.  Winkles firstmet Delimon at an open house viewing. He asked her out for a drink and sherefused.  The next day he invited her to breakfast and she agreed. At breakfast, Winkles asked Delimon to show him secluded properties in thecountry.  Delimon took Winkles out to the properties and, at this point,he took advantage of the situation and kidnapped her. Winkles held her captivefor four days in an abandoned house neighboring his grandmother’s house. During this time, he sexually assaulted her several times.  Winkles claimsthat he had to kill Delimon because she knew their location and could identifyhim.  Delimon was killed by an overdose of 17 sleeping pills. Winkles buried Delimon’s body in Pinellas Country.  Sixteen days later hedecided to move the body to Citrus County.  A week after that, he removedthe head, took the teeth out and threw it in a wooded area in Hernando County. Delimon’s headless body was found on October 21, 1981, and identified byfingerprints on August of 1983.  Delimon’s toothless skull was found onMay 23, 1982. 


Winkles had been a suspect in both the Graham and Delimoncases; however, there was insufficient evidence to charge him.  The caseswould have remained unsolved cases if not for Winkles’ confession nearly 18years later.  During the investigation, evidence was discovered revealingthat Winkles always planned his abductions.  The passenger door of hisvehicle was fixed so that it could not be opened, and the passenger window wasmade so that it could not be lowered to prevent the escape of his victims.Winkles also always carried an “abduction kit” which contained cut rope,handcuffs, gags, sleeping pills, liquor and Vicks Vaporub to put under his noseto prevent smelling the decaying bodies.  He also had a collection offemale undergarments.


Additional Information:


Winkles told detectives that he abducted, raped and killed62 women.  He claims to have killed a total of 26 people between 1967 and1982.  Winkles has not provided information on any of these claimedoffenses.  Winkles was convicted of assault with intent to commit robberyand attempted robbery in Hamilton County, Florida on September 3, 1963 underthe name of Jimmy Delano Hawk.

Prior Incarceration History in the State of Florida:



Offense Date


Sentence Date


Case No.

Prison Sentence Length


Grand Theft Firearm




3Y 0M 0D






1Y 0M 0 D


Grand Theft, $300 less $20,000




3Y 0M 0D


Armed Robbery




90Y 0M 0D









Trial Summary:


03/25/99         Indicted as follows:

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder (Elizabeth Graham)

                                   Count II:         First-Degree Murder(Margo Delimon)

04/03/02         Winkles plead guilty to all counts of the indictment.

04/14/03         Sentenced as follows:

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder – Death

                                   Count II:         First-Degree Murder –Death


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# 03-935

894 So. 2d 842


05/21/03         Appeal filed.

01/13/05         FSC affirmed Winkles’ convictions and sentence.

02/03/05         Mandate issued.


United States Supreme Court – Petition for Writ ofCertiorari

USSC # 04-9710

126 S. Ct. 46


04/11/05         Petition filed.

10/03/05         Petition denied.

Circuit Court – 3.851 Motion

CC# 99-5593


09/20/06         Motion filed.

12/13/06         Motion amended.

01/29/07         Motion amended.

04/18/08         Motion denied.


Florida Supreme Court – 3.851 Appeal

FSC# 08-941

21 So.3d 19


05/22/08         Appeal filed.

06/01/09         Oral Arguments held.

09/03/09         FSC affirmed the denial of the postconviction motion

11/12/09         Mandate issued


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

USCA #09-02352



11/18/09         Petition filed.


Case Information:


On 05/21/03, Winkles filed a Direct Appeal in the FloridaSupreme Court.  He contended that his Sixth Amendment right was violatedsince the death penalty was not supported by aggravating circumstances found bya jury.  Winkles also contended that his right to notice about the natureand cause of the accusations was violated since he was not informed of theaggravating circumstances in the indictment.  His final arguments werethat he did not enter his guilty pleas knowingly and intelligently and thedeath sentences were disproportionate.  On 01/13/05, the Florida SupremeCourt affirmed Winkles’ convictions and sentence. 


Winkles filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in theUnited States Supreme Court on 04/11/05.  The petition was denied on10/03/05.


Winkles filed a 3.851 Motion in the Circuit Court on09/20/06 and amended the motion on 12/13/06 and 01/29/07.  This motion wasdenied in the Circuit Court on 04/18/08.


On 05/22/08, Winkles filed a 3.851 Appeal in the FloridaSupreme Court. Oral Arguments were held on 06/01/09. The Florida Supreme Courtaffirmed the denial of the postconviction motion on 09/03/09.  The mandatewas issued on 11/12/09.


On 11/18/09, Winkles filed a Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus in United States District Court, Middle District.  This case iscurrently pending.


Institutional Adjustment:



DATE     DAYS                VIOLATION                         LOCATION      

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12/06/84     0             POSS OF STOLENPROP.               UNION C. I.        

07/29/91     20            POSS OF STOLENPROP.               CHARLOTTE C.I.     

02/13/04     90            POSS OFWEAPONS                       FLORIDA STATE PRISON

04/23/04     60            DISRESP.TOOFFICIALS                FLORIDA STATE PRISON

04/25/04    180           UNARMEDASSAULT                     FLORIDA STATE PRISON

04/25/04     60            DISOBEYINGORDER                     FLORIDA STATE PRISON

04/25/04     60            PART.INDISTURBANCE                FLORIDA STATE PRISON




Report Date:    04/27/05          DDK

Approved:       04/29/05          JFL

Updated:         01/14/10         MJH