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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
SmithDerrick 490606RegistryCase Summary

Last Action

DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
7/18/2006USDC06-1330Habeas Petition filed
9/25/2006USDC06-1330Reponse filed
12/15/2006USDC06-1330Reply filed
8/13/2007USDC06-1330Habeas appeal denied
9/8/2009USDC-M06-1330Response brief filed
10/8/2009USDC-M06-1330Reply brief filed
10/19/2009USDC-M06-1330Petition denied
11/3/2009USDC-M06-1330Motion to alter judgment filed
11/16/2009USDC-M06-1330Response filed
3/3/2010USDC-M06-1330Motion denied
9/5/2007USCA07-14173Habeas Petition Appeal filed
6/30/2009USCA07-14173Habeas Petition Appeal denied in part, and vacated in part. Remanded to USDC for further proceedings.
8/7/2009USCA07-14173Mandate issued
11/5/2009FSC09-20633.850 Motion Appeal filed
6/7/2010FSC09-2063Initial brief filed
7/20/2010FSC09-2063Answer brief filed
9/10/2010FSC09-2063Reply brief filed
3/10/2011FSC09-2063Oral Arguments held
4/5/2010USCA10-11562Notice of Appeal
5/13/2010USCA10-11562Appeal dismissed, sua sponte
7/2/2007CC83-26533.851 Motion
11/8/2007CC83-2653Motion denied
12/7/2007CC83-2653Motion for Rehearing filed
1/2/2008CC83-2653State's response filed
3/27/2008CC83-2653Motion for RH denied
5/30/2008CC83-2653Amended 3.851 motion filed
7/29/2008CC83-2653State's Response filed
9/9/2008CC83-26533.851 motion denied
9/29/2008CC83-2653Motion for Rehearing filed
12/11/2008CC83-2653State's Response filed
12/23/2008CC83-2653Notice of Abeyance of Action filed by Circuit Court Judge; Case to be resumed in 06/09
6/15/2009CC83-2653Status hearing held
9/3/2009CC83-2653State's response filed
9/18/2009CC83-2653Motion for rehearing denied

Current Attorney

Last NameFirst NameCityAddressZipPhoneEMail
McClainMartin J.Wilton Manors, FL141 N.E. 30th St.33334-1064305/984-8344Email


Last NameCase NumberJudgeCountyCCRCOrder DateContract Date

Last Updated

2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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SMITH, Derrick Tyrone (B/M)

DC #   490606

DOB: 08/07/62


­­­Sixth Judicial Circuit, Pinellas County, Case #83-2653

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable William W. Walker

Resentencing Judge:  The Honorable Claire K. Luten

Attorneys, Trial: Richard G. Smith and Thomas Dennely –Assistant Public Defenders

Attorney, Direct Appeal (1st): W.C. McLain – AssistantPublic Defender

Attorney, Direct Appeal (2nd):  Paul C. Helm –Assistant Public Defender

Attorney, Collateral Appeals:  Martin McClain –Registry 


Date of Offense:  03/21/83

Date of Sentence (1st): 11/29/83

Date of Sentence (2nd): 07/13/90


Circumstances of Offense:


Derrick Tyrone Smith was convicted and sentenced to deathfor the murder of Jeffery Songer. 


On 03/21/83, Derrick Smith and Derrick Johnson carried out arobbery which they had previously planned.  Following their plan, Smithcalled for a cab from a St. Petersburg restaurant payphone.  A cab driver,Jeffery Songer, picked up the two men who requested to be taken to a nearbyresidential area.  After becoming suspicious, Songer radioed an emergencycode to his dispatch.  His dispatch called the police and also sent anothercab driver to answer Songer’s distress call.  The police and other cabdriver found Songer lying about 70 feet from the car, dead from a gunshot woundto the back.


A witness was able to identify Smith and Johnson.  Hetestified to seeing Smith shoot Songer in the back when he tried to run fromthe taxicab.  Another witness testified at trial to Smith robbing him andhis wife in their motel room at gunpoint with a firearm similar to the one usedto kill Songer.  Smith pled guilty to those charges and received a life sentence. 


The firearm used to kill Songer was never found. Smith’s uncle, however, reported that a firearm of the same type, a.38-caliber pistol, was missing from his home which several people testified toseeing Smith with shortly before the murder.  Furthermore, the police wereable to match the type of bullet that killed Songer to bullets that Smith’suncle had bought for his missing firearm.  Smith’s fingerprints were alsofound on the restaurant pay telephone that had been used to call for the taxicab.


During the investigation, Smith said that he had sold thefirearm the day before the murder to Johnson.  Smith admitted that hecalled for the taxicab, but claims that at the last minute he changed his mindabout the robbery and decided not to go.


Additional Information:


Current Prison Sentence History

Offense Date


Sentence Date


Case No.

Sentence Length


Robbery W/Firearm






Assault by Inmate within Correctional Facility




30 Years


Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer




5 Years



Codefendant Information:


Derrick Johnson (Pinellas County Circuit Court # 83-2904)


Derrick Johnson was convicted of Second Degree Murder on12/20/83 for his role in the murder of Songer on 03/21/93.  Johnsonreceived a life sentence.


Trial Summary:


05/24/83         Smith was indicted on the following counts:

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder

11/10/83         Smith was found guilty for Count I of the indictment at the first trial.

11/10/83         Upon advisory sentencing, the jury, by a 7 to 5 majority, voted for the deathpenalty.

11/29/83         Smith was sentenced as follows:

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder – Death

07/17/86         FSC reversed the conviction and sentence and remanded the case to the trialcourt for a new trial.

05/12/90         The jury found Smith guilty for Count I of the indictment at the second trial.

05/16/90         Upon advisory sentencing, the jury, by an 8 to 4 majority, voted for the deathpenalty.

07/13/90         Smith was sentenced as follows:

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder – Death

Appeals Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal (1st)

FSC #64,670

492 2d. 1063 (Fla. 1986)


12/27/83         Appeal filed.

07/17/86         FSC reversed the conviction and sentence and remanded the case to the trialcourt for a new trial.

09/10/86         Rehearing denied.

10/17/86         Mandate issued.


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal (2nd)

FSC #76,491

641 So. 2d 1319 (Fla. 1994)


08/16/90         Appeal filed.

06/09/94         FSC affirmed the conviction and sentence.

09/12/94         Rehearing denied.

10/14/94         Mandate issued.


United State Supreme Court – Petition for Writ ofCertiorari

USSC #94-7223

513 U.S. 1163; 115 S. Ct. 1129; 130 L. Ed. 2d 1091 (U.S.1995)


02/12/94         Petition filed.

02/21/95         USSC denied the Petition.


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC #83-2653-CFANO


04/01/97         Motion filed.

10/21/98         Amended Motion filed.

12/06/99         Amended Motion filed.

04/03/00         Amended Motion filed.

09/18/00         Amended Motion filed.

01/11/02         Amended Motion filed.

03/13/02         Amended Motion filed.

07/23/02         Evidentiary held.

02/11/03         Motion denied.


United States Supreme Court – Petition for Writ ofCertiorari

USSC #01-9360

122 S. Ct. 2674; 153 L. Ed. 2d 846; 70 U.S.L.W. 3799 (U.S.2002)


04/01/02         Petition filed.

06/28/02         Petition denied.

08/26/02         Rehearing denied.


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Appeal

FSC #03-454

931 So.2d 790 (2006)


03/13/03         Appeal filed.

03/09/06         FSC affirmed the denial of Smith’s 3.850 Motion.

06/08/06         Rehearing denied.

06/26/06         Mandate issued.


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC #05-100

931 So.2d 790 (2006)


01/18/05         Petition filed.

03/09/06         Petition denied.

06/08/06         Rehearing denied.

06/26/06         Mandate issued.


United States District Court, Middle District – HabeasPetition

USDC-M# 06-1330


07/18/06         Petitionfiled.

08/13/07         Petitiondenied.

10/01/07         Motionfor Certificate of Appealability filed.

10/03/07         Motionfor Certificate of Appealabilitydenied.        

10/19/09         Petitiondenied.

11/03/09          Motion to Alter Judgment filed

03/03/10          Motion denied



United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit – HabeasPetition Appeal

USCA# 07-14173


09/05/07         Notice of Appeal filed.

06/30/09         Appeal denied and vacated, in part, and remanded to United States DistrictCourt.

08/07/09         Mandate issued.


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC #83-2653-CFANO


07/02/07         Motion filed.

11/08/07         Motion denied.

12/07/07         Motion for Rehearing filed.

03/27/08         Rehearing denied.

05/30/08         Amended motion filed.

09/09/08         Amended motion denied.

09/29/08         Motion for Rehearing filed.

12/23/08         Notice of Abeyance of Action filed.

09/18/09         Motion for Rehearing denied.


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Appeal

FSC# 09-2063



11/05/09         Appeal filed.


United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit – HabeasPetition Appeal

USCA# 10-11562


04/05/10          Appeal filed

05/13/10          Appeal dismissed, sua sponte



Factors Contributing to the Delay in Imposition ofSentence:


The first Direct Appeal was pending for three years prior toa decision being rendered.  The second Direct Appeal was pending for fouryears prior to the conviction and sentence being affirmed.


Case Information:


Smith filed his Direct Appeal in the Florida Supreme Courton 12/27/83.  The Florida Supreme Court determined that the State made aninappropriate comment about Smith exercising his right to remain silent duringthe investigation at the trial and that the trial court admitted statementsmade by the Defendant after the he had established that he would exercise hisright to remain silent.  The Florida Supreme Court reversed the convictionand sentence on 07/17/86 and remanded the case for a new trial.  Rehearingwas denied on 09/10/86.  A mandate was issued on 10/17/86.


On remand from the Florida Supreme Court, the jury foundSmith guilty of First-Degree Murder on 05/12/90 and recommended the sentence ofdeath by a majority of 8 to 4 on 05/16/90.  Smith was sentenced to deathon 07/13/90.


Smith filed his Direct Appeal in the Florida Supreme Courton 08/16/90.  Addressed issues included the disproportionateness of thedeath sentence in this case and that the trial court erred in not conducting anadequate Richardson inquiry[a]. Furthermore, Smith argued that the trial court violated his right to effectivecounsel and to confront witnesses.  The Florida Supreme Court did not finderrors that warranted reversing the conviction or sentence and affirmed theconviction and sentence on 06/09/94.  Rehearing was denied on09/12/94.  A mandate was issued on 10/14/94.


Smith filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari on 12/12/94with the United States Supreme Court.  The petition was denied on02/21/95.


Smith filed a 3.850 Motion on 04/01/97 with the circuitcourt.  Smith filed amended 3.850 Motions on 10/21/98, 12/06/99, 04/03/00,09/18/00, 01/11/02 and 03/13/02.  An evidentiary hearing was held on07/23/02.  The motion was denied on 02/11/03.


Smith filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari on 04/01/02with the United States Supreme Court.  The petition was denied on06/28/02.  Rehearing was denied on 08/26/02.


Smith filed a 3.850 Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on03/13/03.  He raised five claims in the appeal.  First, he arguedthat the State withheld exculpatory evidence and presented false and misleadingevidence.  Next, he argued that error occurred in the circuit court whenthey limited the scope of his evidentiary hearing.  Smith also argued thathis counsel was ineffective during the guilt phase and penalty phase of histrial. Finally, he argued that a newly discovered witness provides evidence ofhis innocence.  On 03/09/06, the Florida Supreme Court affirmed the denialof Smith’s 3.850 Motion.


On 01/18/05, Smith filed a Habeas Petition with the FloridaSupreme Court.  Smith claimed that the court’s disposition of his directappeal rests on erroneous fact and that the State failed to disclose pertinentfacts regarding his direct appeal.  He also claimed his counsel was ineffectiveand that the Florida capital sentencing scheme violates Ring, 536 U.S.584.  The petition was denied on 03/09/06.


On 07/18/06, Smith filed a Habeas Petition in the UnitedStates District Court, Middle District.  This petition was denied on08/13/07.  On 10/01/07, Smith filed a Motion for Certificate ofAppealability which was denied on 10/03/07.


On 09/05/07, Smith filed a Notice of Appeal in the UnitedStates Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit.  On 06/30/09, this Appeal wasdenied, in part. However, six claims were vacated and remanded back to theUnited States District Court, Middle District. On 10/19/09, the Habeas Petitionwas denied again by the United States District Court, Middle District. Smithfiled a Motion to Alter Judgment on 11/03/09, and it was denied on 03/03/10.


On 07/02/07, Smith filed a successive 3.850 motion in theCircuit Court.  This motion was denied on 11/08/07.  Smith filed aMotion for Rehearing on 12/07/07 which was denied on 03/27/08.  On05/30/08, Smith filed an Amended 3.850 motion in the Circuit Court.  Thismotion was denied on 09/09/08.  On 09/29/08, Smith filed a Motion forRehearing.  On 12/23/08, the Circuit Court judge filed a Notice ofAbeyance of Action holding this case in abeyance until June 2009. This motionwas denied on 09/18/09.


On 11/05/09, Smith filed an appeal on the 3.850 motion withthe Florida Supreme Court. This case is currently pending.


Smith filed a Notice of Appeal in the United States Court ofAppeals, 11th Circuit on 04/05/10. This Appeal was dismissed, suasponte, on 05/13/10.


Institutional Adjustment:



DATE            DAYS             VIOLATION                                             LOCATION      

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

04/30/84         60                  DISRESP.TOOFFICIALS              NEW RIVER

01/10/85         30                  DISOBEYINGORDER                         FSP

01/14/85         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                         FSP

06/06/85         0                    POSS OF UNAUTH CLOTH            MIS-TEST           

06/17/85         0                     DISRESP.TOOFFICIALS                    FSP

10/21/85         20                  SPOKENTHREATS                             FSP

04/11/86         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                         FSP

11/24/86         0                    SPOKENTHREATS                             FSP

12/22/86         15                  OBSCENE PROFANE ACT                 FSP

01/11/91         15                  LYING TOSTAFF                                 FSP

05/16/91         15                  DISOBEYINGORDER                         FSP

05/25/91         30                  DISRESP.TOOFFICIALS                    FSP

09/02/91         0                    OBSCENE PROFANE ACT                   FSP

05/30/93         0                    POSS OF UNAUTHBEV.                      FSP

05/30/93         0                    DISORDERLY CONDUCT                   FSP

09/10/93         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

09/11/93         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.        

09/16/93         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.        

09/21/93         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

12/11/93         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

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

02/04/94         0                     DISORDERLY CONDUCT            UNION C.I.        

02/11/94         30                  SPOKENTHREATS                   UNION C.I.-MED.

02/11/94         0                    DISORDERLY CONDUCT        UNION C.I.-MED.

02/12/94         0                    DISORDERLY CONDUCT        UNION C.I.-MED.

03/23/94         13                  SPOKENTHREATS                        UNION C.I.        

04/01/94         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.        

06/22/94         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

06/28/94         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.       

07/03/94         0                    DISOBEYINGORDER                   UNION C. I.       

07/13/94         0                    SPOKEN THREATS                        UNION C.I.       

07/31/94         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER              UNION C.I.-MED.

08/17/94         0                    REF. SUB. ABUSETEST                UNION C. I.       

09/12/94         0                    REF. SUB. ABUSE TEST                UNION C. I.       

10/12/94         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.       

01/20/96         0                    SPOKEN THREATS                        UNION C.I.       

03/29/96         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.       

11/19/96         0                    DISOBEYINGORDER                   UNION C.I.-MED.

03/05/97         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS          UNIONC.I.-MED.

03/20/98         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.       

05/20/98         0                    DISORDERLY CONDUCT       UNION C.I.-MED.

05/20/98         0                    UNAUTH USE OF DRUGS        UNION C.I.-MED.

06/17/98         0                    POSS OF CONTRABAND              UNION C. I.       

06/22/98         0                    POSS OFCONTRABAND              UNION C. I.       

12/07/98         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.       

12/22/98         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.       

01/17/99         0                    POSS OF CONTRABAND              UNION C. I.       

03/10/99         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.       

03/21/99         0                    POSS OF CONTRABAND              UNION C. I.       

03/22/99         0                    POSS OF CONTRABAND              UNION C. I.       

03/13/00         0                    DISORDERLY CONDUCT            UNION C. I.       

03/20/00         0                     POSS OFCONTRABAND              UNION C. I.       

03/23/00         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.       

05/21/00         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.       

06/18/00         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.       

08/24/00         0                    SPOKEN THREATS                        UNION C.I.       

12/11/01         0                    DISORDERLY CONDUCT            UNION C.I.       

12/08/02         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.      

06/11/04         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.

06/11/04         0                    DISRESP.TOOFFICIALS              UNION C. I.

10/25/04         0                    UNARMED ASSAULT                   UNION C. I.




Report Date:    03/29/02          S.Q.

Approved:       04/15/02          W.S.

Updated:         06/16/10          EMJ


[a] A Richardson Inquiry isperformed when there is an objection based upon a discovery violation(Richardson, 246 So.2d at 774).