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DoorbalNoel M16320RegistryCase Summary

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DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
3/7/2005FSC05-3833.851 Appeal
3/17/2008FSC05-383Motion for rehearing
5/27/2008FSC05-383Rehearing denied
7/26/2006FSC06-1490Habeas Corpus
2/20/2009USCA08-15869Habeas Appeal
6/29/2009USCA08-15869Affirmed denial of Habeas Petition
6/2/2008USDC08-21566Habeas petition
9/15/2009USSC09-6559Cert Writ
11/16/2009USSC09-6559Petition denied

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DC#    M16320  

DOB: 12/21/71


Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Dade County Case # 95-17381-B

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Alex Ferrer

Attorney, Trial: Penny Burke & Anthony Natale – SpecialAssistant Public Defender

Attorney, Direct Appeal: Scott Sakin – Special AssistantPublic Defender

Attorney, Collateral Appeals:  Melodee Smith – Registry


Date of Offenses:       11/15/94& 05/25/95

Date of Sentence:       07/17/98


Circumstances of Offense:


Doorbal was convicted and sentenced for the kidnapping,extortion, and attempted murder of Marc Schiller, as well as the kidnapping andmurders of Frank Griga and Krisztina Furton.


Kidnapping, Extortion, and Attempted Murder of MarcSchiller

Marc Schiller was a successful businessman who owned anaccounting firm and hired Jorge Delgado to help with his business. Delgadooften visited Schiller’s house, and the two eventually became goodfriends.  Delgado also became friends with Daniel Lugo, who was employedat Sun Gym, where Delgado exercised.  Eventually, Lugo began joiningDelgado in trips to Schiller’s house. 


In 1994, Schiller questioned Delgado’s business practices,which caused an argument between the two. Schiller and Delgado severed theirbusiness ties, and on the advice of Lugo, Delgado hired John Mese to be anaccountant.  Lugo convinced Delgado that Schiller had cheated the two ofthem in billing operations. Delgado testified that Lugo produced documents toback up his claims.  When questioned by Delgado, Schiller denied any wrongdoing.  It was at this time that Lugo, along with several associates,including Noel Doorbal and two other individuals recruited by Lugo from Sun Gym,made a plan to kidnap Schiller and force him to sign over assets Lugo believedSchiller owed him (Lugo) and Delgado. Although Delgado had originally told Lugohe wanted nothing to do with the plan, he became very involved in theplot. Delgado gave specific information to Lugo about Schiller’s life,work schedule, home, and family life. Lugo, Doorbal, and the others thensecretly observed Schiller. 


After a few attempts, the group was successful in kidnappingSchiller on 11/15/94. They took him to a warehouse Delgado had rented.Lugo demanded that Schiller sign over his assets to him. After Schillerrefused, the group began beating him and shocking him with a stun gun. Schillerfinally agreed after Lugo had threatened to harm Schiller’s wife and children.Schiller began unwillingly signing checks and documents, giving Lugo possessionof his property and assets. During this time, Schiller was blindfolded sohe could not see what he was signing. Mese became involved in the crimes byusing his position as a notary public to verify the signing of the checks anddocuments. During Schiller’s captivity, the group entered Schiller’s houseand stole items and charged items with Schiller’s credit cards. Three weeksinto the kidnapping, Doorbal and Delgado convinced Lugo that the group neededto kill Schiller because he could possibly identify some, if not all, of thoseinvolved in the kidnapping and extortion. 


In the fourth week of the abduction, a plan was constructedto kill Schiller by staging the murder to appear to be a fatal drunk-drivingaccident. The group forced Schiller to consume a large amount ofalcohol. Lugo took Schiller’s car and ran it into a utility pole to makeit appear as though Schiller was involved in an accident. They tookSchiller to the car and put him in the front seat, then poured gasoline overthe vehicle and set it on fire. The group was leaving the scene in another carwhen they saw Schiller in the road. Lugo and Doorbal then told the driverto run him over, which the driver did.  They left the scene, convincedthat Schiller was dead. They found out later that Schiller had actuallysurvived and, at his request, was transported to New York torecuperate. While Schiller was in New York, Lugo and his group emptied hishouse and bank accounts. Schiller was able to identify Lugo in histestimony because he recognized Lugo’s voice during his abduction. 


Abduction, Attempted Extortion, and Murders of FrankGriga & Krisztina Furton

Doorbal, through his girlfriend at the time, learned of thewealth of a local businessman, Frank Griga, and his girlfriend, KrisztinaFurton.  Doorbal relayed this information to Lugo, and they planned tokidnap and extort the couple.  


Lugo and Doorbal planned to visit Griga under the guise ofpresenting a business proposition, and they planned to gain his confidencethrough this encounter; however, Griga was not interested. During theirsecond visit on 05/24/95, Lugo and Doorbal were to carry out the abduction, butLugo aborted the plan.   


The next plan was to lure the couple to Doorbal’s apartment,with an invitation to dinner. On 05/25/95, the couple followed Lugo and Doorbalto Doorbal’s apartment. When Delgado visited Doorbal’s apartment thatevening, he was informed that Griga was killed during a fight withDoorbal.  Once Furton knew Griga was seriously hurt, she startedscreaming. It was at that time that Lugo restrained her and injected herwith Rompun, a horse tranquilizer, to subdue her. They then focused on Furtonfor information about the code to enter and burglarize Griga’shome.  Doorbal had carried Furton to the bottom of the stair casewhere she began to scream again. She was then injected a second time withthe horse tranquilizer. After answering a few questions, Furton decided not tosupply them with any more information. They injected her with a third doseof the tranquilizer. At this point, John Raimondo, a corrections officerwhom Lugo had hired to kill Furton and dispose of both the bodies, arrived. Heneither killed Furton, nor disposed of the bodies.   


Lugo went to Griga’s house with what he thought was the codeto get in the house. Once he realized he did not have the correct code, hecalled Doorbal, who informed Lugo that Furton was dead. When Lugo returnedto Doorbal’s apartment, he told Delgado to go home and to return to Doorbal’sapartment the next morning with a truck. 


The next morning both bodies were loaded onto the truck andwere taken to a warehouse in Hialeah. After Lugo and Doorbal had purchasedthe necessary equipment, they proceeded to dismember the bodies with a hatchetand chainsaw. They also attempted to burn the heads, hands and feet in a metaldrum.  Lugo and Doorbal removed everything from Doorbal’s apartment thathad blood on it, including carpet and computer equipment, and stored the itemsin the storage area of Lugo’s apartment. 


On 05/27/95, Lugo made a trip to the Bahamas to gain accessto Griga’s bank account, but was unsuccessful and returned to Miami. On05/28/95, Lugo, Doorbal and another man disposed of the torsos, arms, and legsof the bodies in metal drums that were left at a site in southern DadeCounty.  The heads, hands, and feet were disposed of separately in theEverglades. 


Lugo escaped to the Bahamas, where he was arrested in June1995 based on information supplied to police by his girlfriend at thetime.  Doorbal was linked to the crimes by information obtained throughpolice investigation and questioning of associates linked to the disappearanceof Griga and Furton and the kidnapping and extortion of Schiller. 


Codefendant Information:


Daniel Lugo - Indicted on 10/02/96 and sentenced on 07/17/98(Case# 95-17381-C):

                                   Count I           Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering – 30 years

                                   Count II          Racketeering –30 years

                                   Count III         First-Degree Murder(Furton) – Death

                                   Count IV         First-Degree Murder(Griga) – Death

                                   Count V          Kidnapping – Life

                                   Count VI         Kidnapping – Life

                                   Count VIII      Attempted Extortion – 5 years

                                   Count IX         Grand Theft Auto – 5years

                                   Count X          AttemptedFirst-Degree Murder – Life

                                   Count XI         Armed Kidnapping –Life

                                   Count XII       Armed Robbery – 15 years

                                   Count XIII      Burglary – 15 years

                                   Count XIV      Grand Theft (Second-Degree) – 15 years

                                   Count XV       Grand Theft Auto – 5 years

                                   Count XVI      Possession of an Identification Plate – 5years

                                   Count XVII    Arson – 30 years

                                   Count XVIII   Extortion – 30 years

                                   Count XIX      Money Laundering (Counts XIX – XXVII) –15

 years each

                                   Count XXVIII Forgery (Counts XXVIII, XXXI, XXXIV, XXVII,

 XL, XLIII) – 5years each

                                   Count XXX    Uttering a Forged Instrument (Counts XXX, XXIII,

XXXVI, IXL, XLII,XLV) – 5 years each

                                   Count XLVI   Conspiracy to Commit a First-Degree Felony – 15



John Mese - Mese was indicted on 10/02/96 (Case# 95-17381-F)for the kidnapping, extortion, and murders of Griga and Furton and thekidnapping and extortion of Marc Schiller.   A jury returned guiltyverdicts on all counts of the indictment; however, the judge set aside theconvictions pertaining to the Griga/Furton crimes.  On 07/20/98, Mese wassentenced to 56 years imprisonment for the kidnapping and extortion ofSchiller.  


Mese appealed and the State cross-appealed the sentence tothe Florida District Court of Appeal, Third District.  On 06/19/02, theDCA ruled that the trial judge improperly set aside the two RICO convictionsand ordered a new sentencing hearing to be conducted on those counts. 


On 01/15/03, Mese was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment forone count of Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering. 


John Raimondo - Raimondo was indicted on 10/02/96 (Case#95-17381-I) on one count each of Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering,First-Degree Murder (Furton), Kidnapping (Furton), and AttemptedExtortion.  The State nolle prossed all but the kidnapping charge, andRaimondo was convicted and sentenced to eight years imprisonment for thecrime. 


Jorge Delgado - In return for testifying for the State,Delgado was sentenced to two prison terms of 15 and 5 years for his role in themurders of Griga and Furton and the attempted murder of Schiller. 


Trial Summary:


10/02/96         Indicted as follows:


CountI            Conspiracyto Commit Racketeering

                                   Count II          Racketeering

                                   Count III         First-Degree Murder(Furton)

                                   Count IV         First-Degree Murder(Griga)

                                   Count V          Kidnapping

                                   Count VI         Kidnapping

                                   Count VIII      Attempted Extortion

                                   Count IX         Grand Theft Auto

                                   Count X          AttemptedFirst-Degree Murder

                                   Count XI         Armed Kidnapping

                                   Count XII       Armed Robbery

                                   Count XIII      Burglary

                                   Count XIV      Grand Theft (Second-Degree)

                                   Count XVII    Arson

                                   Count XVIII   Extortion

                                   Count XLVI   Conspiracy to Commit a First-Degree Felony

05/05/98         Jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the indictment

06/11/98         Jury recommended death sentences by two votes of 8-4

07/17/98         Sentenced as follows:

 CountI            Conspiracyto Commit Racketeering –  30 years

                                   Count II          Racketeering –30 years

                                   Count III         First-Degree Murder(Furton) – Death

                                   Count IV         First-Degree Murder(Griga) – Death

                                   Count V          Kidnapping – Life imprisonment

                                   Count VI         Kidnapping – Life imprisonment

                                   Count VIII      Attempted Extortion – 5 years

                                   Count IX         Grand Theft Auto – 5years

                                   Count X          AttemptedFirst-Degree Murder – Life


                                   Count XI         Armed Kidnapping –Life imprisonment

                                   Count XII       Armed Robbery – Life imprisonment

                                   Count XIII      Burglary – 15 years

                                   Count XIV      Grand Theft (Second-Degree) – 15 years

                                   Count XVII    Arson – 30 years

                                   Count XVIII   Extortion – 30 years

                                   Count XLVI   Conspiracy to Commit a First-Degree Felony – 15



Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# SC93988

837 So.2d 940


02/08/99         Appeal filed

10/10/02         FSC affirmed convictions and sentences

01/30/03         FSC withdrew the 10/10/02 opinion and substituted revised opinion

01/30/03         Rehearing denied and Mandate issued


U.S. Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of Certiorari

USSC# 02-10379

539 U.S. 962


04/30/03         Petition filed

06/27/03         USSC denied Petition


Circuit Court – 3.851 Motion

CC# 95-17381-B


06/15/04         Motion filed

02/24/05         CC denied Motion


Florida Supreme Court – 3.851 Motion Appeal

FSC# 05-383


03/07/05         Appeal filed

02/14/08         Appeal denied


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC# 06-1490


07/26/06         Petition filed

02/14/08         Petition denied


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

USDC# 08-21566


06/02/08         Petition filed

09/10/08         Petition denied


United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, −Habeas Appeal

USCA# 08-15869

572 F.3d 1222


02/20/09         Appeal filed

06/29/09          USCA affirmed denial of Habeas Petition


U.S. Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of Certiorari

USSC# 09-6559


09/15/09          Petition filed

11/16/09          Petition denied


Factors Contributing to the Delay in Imposition ofSentence:


The Direct Appeal was pending from 02/08/99 – 01/30/03.


Case Information:


Doorbal filed a Direct Appeal with the Florida Supreme Courton 02/08/99, citing the following errors: lack of probable cause in issuinginitial search warrants, failure to suppress the seized evidence at trial,improper character evidence testimony presented at trial, improper remarks bythe State during closing arguments at the conclusion of the guilt and penaltyphases, refusal to admit letters written by Lugo to Doorbal that purported toshow Lugo’s domination over Doorbal’s actions, and improper finding of aggravatingcircumstances.  On 10/10/02, the FSC affirmed the convictions andsentences.  On 01/30/03, after denying Doorbal’s Rehearing Motion, the FSCreplaced the opinion of 10/10/02 with a new opinion, dated 01/30/03. 


Doorbal filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with theU.S. Supreme Court on 04/30/03 that was denied on 06/27/03.


Doorbal filed a 3.851 Motion with the Circuit Court on06/15/04 that was denied on 02/24/05. 


Doorbal filed a 3.851 Motion Appeal with the Florida SupremeCourt on 03/07/05 that was denied 2/14/08. 


Doorbal filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus with theFlorida Supreme Court on 07/26/06 that was denied 2/14/08.


Doorbal filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus with theUnited States District Court on 06/02/08 that was denied on 09/10/08.


Doorbal filed a Habeas Appeal with the United States Courtof Appeals on 02/20/09, and on 06/29/09, the USCA affirmed the denial of theHabeas Petition.


Doorbal filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with theUnited States Supreme Court on 09/15/09 that was denied on 11/16/09.


Institutional Adjustment:




DATE           DAYS            VIOLATION                                   LOCATION      


12/01/05         30                  MAILVIOLATIONS                       UNIONC.I.         




Report Date:   09/10/03          JFL

Approved:       10/08/03          WS

Updated:         12/09/09          KKR