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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
GordonRobert 123911PrivateCase Summary

Last Action

DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
10/27/2006USCA06-15783Habeas Appeal
3/26/2010FSC10-5413.851 Motion Appeal
9/7/2007CC94-029583.851 Motion
9/28/2009CC94-029583.851 Motion

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Last NameFirst NameCityAddressZipPhoneEMail
BrunvandBjorn E.Clearwater, FL615 Turner St.33756-5004727/446-7505Email


Last NameCase NumberJudgeCountyCCRCOrder DateContract Date
Brunvand94-02958 CFANO-BDemersPinellas 07/06/107/29/10

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2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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GORDON, Robert (B/M)

DC#     123911

DOB: 11/25/62


Sixth Judicial Circuit, Pinellas County Case # 94-02958

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Susan R. Schaeffer

Attorney, Trial: Robert A. Love – Private

Attorney, Direct Appeal:  Michael Hursey – Private

Attorney, Collateral Appeals: Bjorn E. Brunvand – Court Appointed


Date of Offense:        01/25/94

Date of Sentence:       11/16/95


Circumstances of Offense:


Robert Gordon and his codefendant, Meryl McDonald, werehired by Denise Davidson to kill her estranged husband, Dr. LouisDavidson. 


Early on the morning of January 25, 1994, McDonald andGordon waited in the parking lot of the apartment complex where Dr. Davidsonlived.  Gordon met with Dr. Davidson and the two walked to Davidson’sapartment.  Dr. Davidson’s body was discovered later that day by hisfiancée.  His body was blindfolded, bound, gagged, and hogtied, lying facedown in a bathtub full of bloody water.  The apartment had been ransacked,and Davidson’s watch, camera, and money clip were missing, although $19,300 incash and some credit cards remained. 


The medical examiner testified that Davidson had bruises onhis face and shoulders, three broken ribs, and multiple lacerations on the backof his scalp, caused by a blunt object.  The cause of Davidson’s death wasdrowning. 


Money transfers from Denise Davidson to Robert Gordon, aswell as phone records and physical evidence recovered from the hotel whereGordon was staying during the time of the murder implicated him in the murderscheme. 


Codefendant Information:


Meryl McDonald was convicted of First-Degree Murder and wassentenced to death.


Denise Davidson was convicted in a separate trial of First-DegreeMurder and sentenced to life imprisonment.


Susan Shore agreed to testify for the State, and as aresult, her charges were reduced to accessory after the fact.  She wassentenced to probation.


Leonardo Cisneros remains a fugitive. 


Trial Summary:


02/28/94         Indicted on the charge of First-Degree Murder

06/15/95         Jury returned guilty verdict on the sole count of the indictment

06/16/95         Jury recommended the death sentence by a vote of 9-3

11/16/95         Sentenced to death


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# 86,955

704 So. 2d 107


12/04/95         Appeal filed

11/26/97         FSC affirmed conviction and death sentence.

01/16/98         Rehearing denied

02/16/98         Mandate issued


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC# 94-02958


02/18/99         Motion filed

04/23/02         Circuit court denied motion


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Appeal

FSC# 02-1212

863 So. 2d 1215


05/30/02         Appeal filed

12/18/03         FSC affirmed denial of motion

01/09/04         Mandate issued


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

USDC# 04-355


05/17/04         Petition filed

05/26/04         USDC struck petition

12/16/04         Petition amended

08/28/06         USDC dismissed petition


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

USCA# 06-15783

479 F.3d 1299


10/27/06         Appeal filed

03/01/07         USCA denied Certificate of Appealability


Circuit Court – 3.851 Motion

CC# 94-02958


09/07/07          Motion filed

10/30/07          Motion denied


Circuit Court – 3.851 Motion

CC# 94-02958


09/28/09          Motion filed

02/23/10          Motion denied


Florida Supreme Court – 3.851 Appeal

FSC# 10-541



03/26/10          Appeal filed


Factors Contributing to the Delay in Imposition ofSentence:


The 3.850 Motion was pending from 02/18/99 – 04/23/02.


Case Information:


On 12/04/95, Gordon filed a Direct Appeal with the FloridaSupreme Court, citing the following errors:  denying Gordon’s motion tostrike the venire; denying motion for judgment of acquittal at the close ofevidence; denying request for a separate penalty phase from that of hiscodefendant and a new penalty phase jury; disproportional sentencing; andimproper finding of the cold, calculated, and premeditated and heinous,atrocious, or cruel aggravating factors.  On 11/26/97, the FSC affirmedthe conviction and death sentence. 


On 02/18/99, Gordon filed a 3.850 Motion with the CircuitCourt, which was denied on 04/23/02.


On 05/30/02, Gordon filed a 3.850 Motion Appeal with theFlorida Supreme Court, alleging ineffective assistance of counsel.  On12/18/03, the FSC affirmed the denial of the 3.850 Motion.


On 05/17/04, Gordon filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpuswith the U.S. District Court, Middle District, which was stricken by the courton 05/26/04.  On 12/16/04, the Petition was amended, and on 08/28/06, theUSDC dismissed the petition. 


On 10/27/06, Gordon filed a Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus Appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit.  On 03/01/07,the USCA denied the Certificate of Appealability. 


On 09/07/07, Gordon filed a 3.851 Motion with the CircuitCourt, which was denied on 10/30/07.


On 09/28/09, Gordon filed a 3.851 Motion with the CircuitCourt, which was denied on 02/23/10.


On 03/26/10, Gordon filed a 3.851 Motion Appeal with theFlorida Supreme Court, which is pending.


Institutional Adjustment:




DATE    DAYS                  VIOLATION                                     LOCATION      


06/03/97     0                     DISRESP.TOOFFICIALS                UNION C.I.        



Report Date:   08/03/01          JFL

Approved:       11/16/01          WS

Updated:         03/30/10          KKR