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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
DennisLabrant 124607CCRC-SCase Summary

Last Action

DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
11/27/2007FSC07-2208Habeas Corpus
12/4/2008FSC07-2208Oral Arguments
6/25/2009FSC09-10893.850 Appeal
12/15/2009FSC09-1089Initial Brief
1/26/2010FSC09-1089Answer Brief
3/9/2010FSC09-1089Reply Brief
6/10/2010FSC09-1089Oral Arguments held
6/16/2010FSC09-1089Relinquished to CC
12/15/2009FSC09-2289Habeas Petition
6/10/2010FSC09-2289Oral Arguments held
6/16/2010FSC09-2289Relinquished to CC
12/15/2008CC96-135583.851 Motion
6/16/2010CC96-13558Relinquished from FSC
10/7/2010CC96-13558Evidentiary hearing
10/7/2010CC96-13558EH set
11/9/2010CC96-135583.850 Motion denied

Current Attorney

Last NameFirst NameCityAddressZipPhoneEMail
KefferSuzanne M.Fort Lauderdale, FL101 NE 3rd Ave Ste 40033301954/713-1284Email


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2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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DENNIS, Labrant (B/M)

DC#    124607

DOB:   10/21/72


Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Dade County Case # 96-13558

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Manuel Crespo

Attorney, Trial: Ronald Guralnick– Private

Attorney, Direct Appeal: Louis Campbell & ChristinaSpaulding – Asst. Public Defender

Attorney, Collateral Appeals:  Suzanne Keffer – CCRC-S


Date of Offense:          04/13/96

Date of Sentence:        02/26/99


Circumstances of Offense:


On the morning of 04/13/96, Earl Littlearrived at his University of Miami on-campus apartment to pick up his keys tohis black Ford Explorer that he had loaned to his roommate, MarlinBarnes.  Little found that his vehicle had a puncture mark in the rightrear tire, causing the vehicle to tilt toward the right side.  Littleopened his apartment door to find Barnes slumped against the front door, badlybeaten and barely conscious.  Little called the police,who entered the apartment and found the body of TimwanikaLumpkins, who had severe trauma to the back of thehead, but was still alive.  Barnes died at the scene, while Lumpkins, after being airlifted to the hospital, laterdied.  Both suffered trauma wounds and lacerations that were laterdetermined to be the result of multiple blows from a shotgun. 


Barnes and Little both played football for the University ofMiami, and during a meeting of the football team after the murders, some of thefootball players indicated that Lumpkins had anex-boyfriend named Labrant Dennis.  In aninterview with police, Dennis admitted to being romantically involved with Lumpkins and fathering a child with her.  Dennis toldpolice that he and Lumpkins had had an argument theweek prior to the murders when she came home late after an evening out withBarnes.  At the time of the argument, Dennis and Lumpkinswere living together with Dennis’ cousin and her boyfriend.  After theargument, Lumpkins moved out. 


In the early morning hours on the day of the murders, Denniswas seen at Club Salvation, which was the same club that Lumpkins,Barnes and a mutual friend had also visited that morning.  Dennis,however, denied seeing Lumpkins and Barnes thatmorning. 


While canvassing the area for information about the murders,police approached a gas station attendant, who worked at a gas station that waslocated a few blocks from Club Salvation.  The attendant told police thata man matching Dennis’ description and wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt thatcovered his face was parked in a car at the gas station.  The attendantalso told police that the vehicle was in a position to allow the observation ofa black Ford Explorer, with a flat tire, being loaded onto a flatbed tow truckacross the street.  


Police learned that an acquaintance of Dennis, JosephStewart, might have information about the case, so he was questioned. Stewart told police that Dennis borrowed a shotgun and duffel bag fromhim.  On the morning of April 13th, Dennis hid the duffel bag, whichcontained a black, hooded sweatshirt, black boots, the significantly damagedshotgun, and a knife, in some bushes at Stewart’s mother’s house.  Uponfinding the items, Stewart became nervous and threw the clothes in a grocerystore dumpster and discarded the shotgun and knife into a sewer drain. 


Police later recovered the shotgun and knife, as well as theduffel bag, but were unable to recover the discarded clothing.  Additionalforensic investigation determined that fragments of the shotgun found in theapartment matched Stewart’s damaged shotgun. The State further linked Dennis tothe murders and established Dennis’ motive by introducing evidence that Dennishad stalked Lumpkins on several occasions and hadonce threatened to kill her with a gun. 


Trial Summary:


05/08/96         Indicted as follows:

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder

                                   Count II:         First-Degree Murder

                                   Count III:        Armed Burglary withAssault or Battery

                                   Count IV:        Criminal Mischief

10/28/98         Jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the indictment

12/02/98         Jury recommended death sentences by two votes of 11-1

02/26/99         Sentenced as follows:   

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder – Death

                                   Count II:         First-Degree Murder –Death

                                   Count III:        Armed Burglary withAssault or Battery – Life

                                    CountIV:        Criminal Mischief – 1 year


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# 95,211

817 So.2d 741


03/29/99         Appeal filed

01/31/02         FSC affirmed convictions and sentences

05/23/02         Rehearing denied and Mandate issued


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

USSC# 02-6547

537 U.S. 1051


09/25/02         Petition filed

12/02/02         USSC denied Petition


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC# 96-13558


11/25/03         Motion filed

10/05/04         CC denied Motion


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Motion Appeal

FSC# 04-2176


11/09/04         Appeal filed

12/17/08         Remanded to circuit court for evidentiary hearing


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC# SC07-2208


11/27/07         Petition filed

12/17/08         Dismissed


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC# 96-13558


12/15/08         Motion filed

04/17/09         Motion denied


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Motion Appeal

FSC# 09-1089



06/25/09         Appeal filed 

06/16/10          Relinquishedto Circuit Court


Florida SupremeCourt – Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus




12/15/09          Petitionfiled


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC# 96-13558


10/07/10          Evidentiaryhearing

11/09/10          Motiondenied


Factors Contributing to the Delay in Imposition ofSentence:


The delay in imposition of sentence appears to arise fromthe nearly three years taken to decide the Direct Appeal (03/29/99 –01/31/02). 


Case Information:


Dennis filed a Direct Appeal with the Florida Supreme Courton 03/29/99, citing thirteen trial court errors: failure to adequately instructthe jury about accomplices; improper bolstering of witness testimony by theState; erroneous admission of evidence; denying a motion to suppress evidence;allowing the State to impeach its own witness; admission of collateralevidence; admission of autopsy photos; inadequate sentencing order; failure toprove aggravating circumstances (cold, calculated, premeditated murder andheinous, atrocious, or cruel murder); failure to consider mitigatingcircumstances (extreme mental or emotional disturbance); and disproportionatesentence due to the murder being a crime of passion.  On 01/31/02, the FSCaffirmed the convictions and sentences.


On 09/25/02, Dennis filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorariwith the U.S. Supreme Court, which was denied on 12/02/02.


On 11/25/03, Dennis filed a 3.850 Motion with the CircuitCourt, which was denied on 10/05/04.    


On 11/09/04, Dennis filed a 3.850 Motion Appeal with theFlorida Supreme Court. On 12/17/08, the case was remanded to the circuit courtfor an evidentiary hearing.


On 11/27/07, Dennis filed a Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus in the Florida Supreme Court, which was dismissed on 12/17/08.


On 12/15/08, Dennis filed a 3.850 Motion with the CircuitCourt, which was denied on 04/17/09.


On 06/25/09, Dennis filed a 3.850 Motion Appeal with theFlorida Supreme Court. On 06/16/10, the case was remanded to the circuit courtfor an evidentiary hearing.


On 12/15/09, Dennis filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpusin the Florida Supreme Court, which is pending.


On 10/07/10, an evidentiary hearing was held in the CircuitCourt. On 11/09/10, Dennis’ 3.850 motion was againdenied.





Report Date:   03/27/03          JFL

Approved:       04/01/03          WS

Updated:         12/08/10          JJK