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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
BrownPaul Alfred 019762CCRC-MCase Summary

Last Action

DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
7/28/2003USDC01-2374Motion to re-open denied
7/26/2007USDC01-2374issues to be raised at state level, Motion to Re-open and Amend
10/10/2007USDC01-2374Petition Amended
11/25/2009USDC01-2374Petition denied
5/19/2008FSC08-9393.850 Appeal
9/29/2008FSC08-939Initial brief
1/4/2010USCA09-16435Habeas Appeal
5/28/2010USCA09-16435COA denied
11/20/2007CC86-40843.850 Motion
6/26/2008CC86-4084Status Conference

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RodriguezCarol C. Tampa, FL3102 W Tampa Bay Blvd33607813/810-8396Email


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2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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BROWN, Paul Alfred (W/M)

DC #   019762

DOB:  02/26/50


Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, Case#86-4084

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Guy W. Spicola

Trial Attorneys: Stephen C. Alldredge & Wayne A. Chalu –Assistant Public Defenders

Attorney, Direct Appeal: Douglas S. Connor – AssistantPublic Defender

Attorney, Collateral Appeals: Carol Rodriguez & PeterCannon – CCRC-M


Date of Offense:          03/19/86 

Date of Sentence:        03/02/87           


Circumstances of Offense:


Barry and Gail Barlow awoke to the sound of two gunshots inthe early morning hours of 03/19/86.  Upon investigating the source of theshots, they found 17-year-old Pauline Cowell, Gail’s sister, dead in theFlorida room of their home.  Tammy Bird, a friend of Cowell’s, had beenshot as well, but she survived.  The padlock, which secured the room fromthe outside, was missing and the door was discovered open.


Authorities identified Brown as a possible suspect and begansearching for him.  Sheriff’s deputies found Brown in the trailer parkwhere his brother lived, hiding behind a shed.  A handgun was found inBrown’s pants, which matched the gun used in the shootings of Cowell and Bird.


Brown was living with Cowell’s mother at the time of themurder and Cowell had only recently moved from her mother’s to her sister’shome.  Upon questioning, Brown indicated that he broke into the Barlowresidence to confront Cowell about some lies she was telling.  He statedthat did not plot to kill Cowell, but planned on shooting her if she began toscream.


Additional Information:


Brown was previously charged and convicted of armed robberyand attempted murder (Circuit Court Case #86-4083) for the events that tookplace on 03/19/86.  On 10/06/86, Brown was sentenced to 30 years on eachcount.


Prior Incarceration History in the State of Florida:


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Trial Summary:


03/20/86         Defendant arrested.

04/02/86         Defendant indicted on:

                                   Count I:           First-Degree Murder

                                   Count II:           Armed Burglary

                                   Count III:         Attempted First-DegreeMurder

02/19/87         The jury found the defendant guilty on all counts.

02/19/87         Upon advisory sentencing, the jury, by a 7 to 5 majority, voted for the deathpenalty.

03/02/87         The defendant was sentenced as followed:

                                   Count I:           First-Degree Murder – Death

                                   Count II:           Armed Burglary– Life

                                   Count III:         Attempted First-DegreeMurder – Life


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC #70,483

565 So. 2d 304


05/04/87         Appeal filed.

03/22/90         FSC affirmed the convictions and sentence of death.

06/11/90         Rehearing denied.

07/16/90         Mandate issued.


United States Supreme Court – Petition for Writ ofCertiorari

USSC #90-5716

498 U.S. 992


09/10/90         Petition filed.

11/26/90         Petition denied.


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC #86-4084


05/08/92         Pro se motion filed.

09/16/92         Amended motion filed.

11/25/92         Second amended motion filed.

07/08/96         Third amended motion filed.

04/09/97         Motion denied.


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Motion Appeal

FSC #90,540

755 So. 2d 616


05/14/97         Appeal filed.

03/09/00         FSC affirmed the Circuit Court’s denial of the 3.850 Motion.

04/26/00         Rehearing denied.

05/26/00         Mandate issued.


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC #SC01-884

800 So. 2d 223


04/25/01         Petition filed.

11/01/01         Petition denied.


United States District Court, Middle District – Petitionfor Writ of Habeas Corpus

USDC #01-2374


12/13/01         Petition filed.

07/22/02         Petition administratively closed pending the final decisions in the Bottoson/Kingcases.

12/31/02         Brown filed a Motion to Re-Open the Petition.

07/28/03         Motion to Re-Open denied as Brown was directed to raise Atkins issues (mentalretardation) at the state level.

07/26/07         Motion to Re-Open and amend Petition.

10/10/07         Petition amended.

11/25/09         Petition denied.


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC #86-4084


09/25/01         Motion filed.

08/15/02         Motion amended.

06/27/03         Evidentiary Hearing held.

04/26/05         Motion denied. 


Florida Supreme Court – 3.203 Motion Appeal

FSC# 05-1018

959 So.2d 146


06/08/05         Appeal filed.

04/12/07         FSC affirmed denial of the motion.

06/26/07         Mandate issued.


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC #86-4084


11/20/07         Motion filed.

04/29/08         Motion denied.


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Appeal

FSC #08-939

14 So.3d 241


05/19/08         Appeal filed.

07/09/09         FSC affirmed denial of 3.850 motion.


United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit –Habeas Appeal

USCA #09-16435


01/04/10          Appeal filed.

05/28/10          COA denied.


Factors Contributing to the Delay in the Imposition ofthe Sentence:


Brown’s Direct Appeal took over three years toresolve.  In addition, Brown’s first 3.850 Motion was pending for fiveyears.  During that period, there were three amended motions filed, andthe court granted Brown’s motion to disqualify the Hillsborough County StateAttorney’s Office because his former defense counsel was given a position thereas an Assistant State Attorney.  His first 3.850 Appeal also lasted forthree years.  Brown’s second 3.850 was pending for nearly fouryears. 


Case Information:


Brown filed his Direct Appeal in the Florida Supreme Courton 05/04/87.  Brown contended that the arresting detective did not readhim his Miranda rights, and as such, his confessions should have beeninadmissible in court.  Brown also argued that the court erred in refusingto excuse a prospective juror for cause.  In reference to the sentencingphase, Brown raised several points of contention; however, the Florida SupremeCourt found those claims to be without merit and summarily denied themall.  The Florida Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and sentence ofdeath on 03/22/90 and the mandate was issued on 07/16/90.


On 09/10/90, Brown filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorariin the United States Supreme Court, which was denied on 11/26/90.


On 05/08/92, Brown filed a pro se 3.850 Motion in theCircuit Court.  Over the next four years, three amended motions were filedon his behalf.  On 04/09/97, the Circuit Court denied all relief. Brown appealed that decision to the Florida Supreme Court on 05/14/97, and on03/09/00, that court affirmed the denial of the 3.850 Motion.


Brown filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in theFlorida Supreme Court on 04/25/01.  The petition was denied on 11/01/01.


Brown filed another Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus inthe United States District Court on 12/13/01.  The petition wasadministratively closed on 07/22/02 pending the final decisions in theBottoson/King cases.  Brown filed a Motion to Re-Open the Petition on12/31/02, which was denied on 07/28/03 and Brown was directed to raise Atkinsclaims (mental retardation) at the state level.  Brown filed a motion tore-open and amend this petition on 07/26/07.  On 10/10/07, an amendedpetition was filed. The petition was denied on 11/25/09.


On 09/25/01, Brown filed another 3.850 Motion and amendedthe motion on 08/15/02.    On 06/27/03, an Evidentiary Hearingwas held.  On 04/26/05, the CC denied the 3.850 Motion.


On 06/08/05, Brown filed a 3.203 Appeal with the FloridaSupreme Court, and on 04/12/07, the FSC affirmed the denial of the motion. TheFlorida Supreme Court issued a mandate on 06/26/07.


On 11/20/07, Brown filed another 3.850 Motion with thecircuit court and amended the motion on 01/11/08. The motion was denied on04/29/08.


On 05/19/08, Brown filed a 3.850 Appeal with the FloridaSupreme Court, and on 07/09/09, the FSC affirmed the denial of the motion.


On 01/04/10, Brown filed a Habeas Appeal with the UnitedStates Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. On 05/28/10, the Certificate ofAppealability (COA) was denied by the USCA.


Institutional Adjustment:


 DATE         DAYS            VIOLATION                             LOCATION       

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

 12/23/97        0           DISORDERLYCONDUCT           RECEPTIONCTR.

 06/20/00      180           UNARMEDASSAULT                   UNION C. I.      




11/22/01 – ew

12/11/01 – approved – ws

06/17/10 – updated – kkr