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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
LawrenceJonathan 898522RegistryCase Summary

Last Action

DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
6/14/2006FSC06-1152Habeas Corpus
4/16/2007FSC06-1152Oral Arguments
2/22/2006FSC06-3523.850 Appeal filed
4/16/2007FSC06-352Oral Arguments
11/1/2007FSC06-352Denial affirmed
2/20/2008USDC-N08-69Habeas Petition filed
4/16/2008USDC-N08-69State's response filed
5/12/2008USDC-N08-69Reply to response filed
7/21/2010USDC-N08-69Petition denied

Current Attorney

Last NameFirst NameCityAddressZipPhoneEMail
ReiterMichael P.Venice, FL5313 Layton Dr.34293850/893-4668Email


Last NameCase NumberJudgeCountyCCRCOrder DateContract Date
Reiter98-270 CFARasmussenSanta RosaNorth-P6/23/20037/23/2003

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2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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LAWRENCE, Jonathan Huey (W/M)

DC#    898522

DOB:  04/12/75


First Judicial Circuit, Santa Rosa County Case# 98-270

Sentencing Judge:  The Honorable Paul A. Rasmussen

Attorney, Trial:  Antoinette M. Stitt – AssistantPublic Defender

Attorney, Direct Appeal:  Chet Kaufman & David A.Davis – Assistant Public Defenders

Attorney, Collateral Appeals:  Michael P. Reiter –Registry


Date of Offense:  05/07/98

Date of Sentence:  08/15/00


Circumstances of Offense:


On 03/24/00, Jonathan Huey Lawrence was convicted andsentenced to death for the murder of Jennifer Robinson, conspiracy to committhe murder, providing alcoholic beverages to a minor and abuse of a humancorpse.


On 05/07/98, Lawrence and his friend, Jeremiah MartelRodgers, picked up 18-year-old Jennifer Robinson from her mother’s home. They drove to a secluded area in the woods where the three consumed alcoholicbeverages.  Robinson had sex with Lawrence and then Rodgers while underthe influence of the alcoholic beverages provided by the two men.  Afterhaving sex with both men, Robinson was shot in the back of the head by Rodgerswith a Lorcin .380 handgun.  Robinson died minutes later.


Lawrence and Rodgers loaded the body into Lawrence’s truckand drove deeper into the woods.  After finding a stopping place, Lawrencescored Robinson’s calf and removed her muscle.  Rodgers photographedLawrence’s procedure with a Polaroid camera and each took turns posing withRobinson’s body.  Afterwards, they buried Robinson at the site.


Robinson’s disappearance was traced to Lawrence andRodgers.  The men were confronted by an investigator and they denied everknowing Robinson.  Lawrence gave his consent for the investigator tosearch his trailer and truck.  The investigator discovered the photographsof Robinson’s body taken during mutilation, disturbing notes written about themutilation, a Lorcin .380 handgun, and miscellaneous artifacts of the murderevent.  Lawrence was instantly arrested by the investigator and confessedto his involvement; he then led investigators to Robinson’s body.


Lawrence was indicted on 06/04/98 and pled guilty on fourcounts: Count I, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder; Count II, givingalcoholic beverages to a minor; Count III, first-degree premeditated murder;and Count IV, abuse of a human corpse.  Lawrence filed for a direct appealon 03/27/00. 


Codefendant Information:


Jeremiah Martel Rodgers (DC# 123101)


Rodgers pled guilty for the same offenses as Lawrence. Their prosecutions were conducted separately in the First Circuit Court ofSanta Rosa County (CC# 98-274).


Prior Incarceration History in the State of Florida:



Prior Prison History: (Note: Data reflected covers periods of incarceration with the Florida Dept. of Corrections since January of 1983)

Offense Date


Sentence Date


Case No.

Prison Sentence Length









4Y 0M 0D





Trial Summary:


06/04/98         Indicted as follows:

                                   Count I:           Conspiracyto Commit First-Degree Murder

                                   Count II:         Giving Alcoholic Beveragesto a Person Under Twenty-one

                                   Count III:        First-Degree PremeditatedMurder (Jennifer Robinson)

                                   Count IV:        Abuse of a Human Corpse

                                   Count V:         Possession of aFirearm of a Convicted Felon

03/24/00         Jury returned guilty verdicts on Counts I-IV; Count V was disposed nolleprosequi

03/30/00         Jury recommended death by a vote of 11-1

08/15/00         Sentenced as follows:   

CountI:           Conspiracy toCommit First-Degree Murder – 18Y, 5M, 15D

Count II:        Giving Alcoholic Beverages to a Person Under Twenty-one – 2Y, 3M, 11D

Count III:       First-Degree Murder (Jennifer Robinson) – Death

Count IV:        Abuse ofHuman Corpse – 15Y

Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# 00-1827

846 So. 2d 440 (2003)


03/27/00         Appeal filed

04/13/00         Presentence hearing

03/20/03         FSC affirmed sentence and conviction

05/14/03         Rehearing denied and mandate issued


United States Supreme Court – Petition for Writ ofCertiorari

USSC# 03-5708

540 U.S. 952, 124 S.Ct. 394, 157 L.Ed.2d 286


07/15/03         Petition filed

10/14/03         Petition denied


State Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC# 98-270


07/09/04         Motion filed

02/11/05         Amended

01/26/06         Motion denied


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Appeal

FSC# 06-352

969 So.2d 294 (Fla. 2007)


02/22/06         Appeal filed

11/01/07         Denial affirmed.

11/26/07         Mandate issued.


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Habeas Corpus

FSC# 06-1152

969 So.2d 294 (Fla. 2007)


06/14/06         Petition filed

11/01/07         Petition denied.

11/26/07         Mandate issued.


United States District Court, Northern District –Petition for Habeas Corpus

USDC# 08-69


02/20/08         Petition filed.

07/21/10          Petition denied.


Factors Contributing to the Delay in Imposition ofSentence:


It took the Florida Supreme Court three years to render adecision on Lawrence’s Direct Appeal.


Case Information:


On 3/27/00, Lawrence filed a Direct Appeal to the FloridaSupreme Court.  There were numerous issues raised.  First, Lawrenceclaimed the trial court failed to appoint medical experts and order anevidentiary competency hearing regarding his current mental and psychologicaldisturbances, which were of a serious nature.  Second, Lawrence contendedthat the trial court erred again by excluding Rodgers’ criminal history, asLawrence claimed that he acted under extreme duress through his involvementwith Rodgers.  Third, Lawrence argued that the trial court erroneouslydiscovered the cold, calculated, and premeditated aggravator (CCP), indicatingthat Lawrence had a prearranged plan to kill Robinson.  Fourth, Lawrenceclaimed that the trial court committed reversible error by includingnon-recorded facts on the CCP findings and by ambiguously assigning weight tothe mitigator.  Fifth, Lawrence raised the constitutionality of the deathsentence, indicating that it violated Florida, federal, and internationallaw.  Sixth, Lawrence claimed the trial court erred in denying his motionfor a mistrial, as a result of the trial court committing reversible error byoverruling Lawrence’s objections to the investigator’s opinion on Lawrence’salter ego.  Finally, Lawrence claimed that his sentence wasdisproportionate to the circumstances of the crime in that there were moremitigating than aggravated circumstances.  Because the sentencing order ofthis case found extensive aggravating circumstances and substantial mitigatingcircumstances, the Court believed the trial judge properly weighed thesecircumstances in delivering his death sentence.  Thus, the Court upheldhis death sentence on 03/20/03.


On 07/15/03, Lawrence filed a Petition for Writ ofCertiorari to the United States Supreme Court, which was denied on10/14/03. 


On 9/10/04, Lawrence filed a 3.850 Motion to the CircuitCourt.  The Motion was amended on 02/11/05, and was denied on 01/26/06.


On 02/22/06, Lawrence filed a 3.850 Appeal to the FloridaSupreme Court.  On 11/01/07, the Florida Supreme Court affirmed theCircuit Court’s denial of Lawrence’s 3.850 appeal.  The Mandate was issuedon 11/26/07.


On 06/14/06, Lawrence filed a Petition for Habeas Corpus tothe Florida Supreme Court, which was denied on 11/01/07.  The Mandate wasissued on 11/26/07.


On 02/20/08, Lawrence filed a Petition for Habeas Corpus in theUnited States District Court, Northern District.  This petition was deniedon 07/21/10.




Report Date:    10/18/04          NRC

Approved:       10/18/04          JFL

Updated:         07/27/10          EMJ