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RobinsonTimothy 393789CCRC-MCase Summary

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DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
9/29/2009FSC09-18603.850 Appeal filed
4/14/2010FSC09-1860Initial brief filed
7/19/2010FSC09-1860Answer brief filed
9/14/2010FSC09-1860Reply filed
2/9/2011FSC09-1860Oral arguments held
4/14/2010FSC10-695Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed
7/16/2010FSC10-695Response filed
2/9/2011FSC10-695Oral Arguments held
7/3/1995CC89-11393.850 Motion filed
4/19/2000CC89-11393.850 Motion amended
7/9/2004CC89-1139Huff Hearing
1/29/2009CC89-1139Huff Hearing held
4/22/2009CC89-1139Evidentiary Hearing held
6/22/2009CC89-1139State's response filed
7/31/2009CC89-1139Reply filed
9/9/2009CC89-11393.850 Motion denied

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ROBINSON, Timothy (B/M)

DC #   393789

DOB:   08/27/66


­­­First Judicial Circuit, Escambia County, Case #89-1139

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Nickolas P. Geeker

Attorneys, Trial: Barry W. Deroset and Michael J. Pitts –Private

Attorney, Direct Appeal: Laura E. Keene – Private

Attorneys, Collateral Appeals:  Bill Jennings, Mark S.Gruber, and Maria Perinetti – CCRC-M


Date of Offense: 09/20/88

Date of Sentence: 09/26/89


Circumstances of Offense:


Timothy Robinson was convicted and sentenced to death forthe murder of Derek Devan Hill, Michael Alfonso Douglass, Michael AnthonyMcCormack, and Mildred Jean Baker.


Timothy Robinson, Michael Coleman, Bruce Frazier, andDarrell Frazier were members of the “Miami Boys,” which was a drug organizationin Pensacola, Florida.  Members of the Miami Boys moved a safe containingdrugs and money to Michael McCormick’s home.  Derek Hill and MichaelDouglas stole the drugs and money while it was being stored at McCormick’shome.  They gave the stolen goods to Darlene Crenshaw to keep safe.


On 08/18/88, Robinson, Coleman, Bruce Frazier, and McCormickforced their way into the residence of Hill and Douglas.  Hill and Douglaswere both there, as were Crenshaw and Amanda Merrell.  Robinson, Coleman,Frazier forced Hill, Douglas, Crenshaw, Merrell, and McCormick to take offtheir clothes and jewelry and then bound them with electrical cords. Darrell Frazier, then, brought Mildred Baker, the girlfriend of McCormick tothe residence of Douglas and Hill.


Robinson demanded to know the location of the money anddrugs.  When no one answered, he started stabbing Hill.  Crenshaw, atthis point, agreed to take them to where she had hidden the money anddrugs.  She showed the Frazier brothers where the money and drugs werehidden and then she escaped.  During this time, Coleman and Robinsonsexually assaulted Merrell and Baker.


The Frazier brothers returned to the apartment. Coleman and Robinson shot and stabbed the remaining prisoners.  At thispoint, the Frazier brothers, Coleman, and Robinson left the apartment. Amanda Merrell, who had been sexually assaulted, stabbed, and shot, survivedand contacted the authorities.  The other remaining prisoners died at thescene.


Additional Information:



Prior Incarceration in Florida

Offense Date


Sentence Date


Case No.

Sentence Length


Burglary: Unoccupied Structure (or Attempted)




2 Years


Burglary: Unoccupied Structure (or Attempted)




5 Years


Grand Theft: $300 to $20,000




5 Years


Burglary: Unoccupied Structure (or Attempted)




5 Years 6 Months


Grand Theft: $300 to $20,000




5 Years 6 Months



Codefendant Information: 


Bruce Frazier (Escambia County # 98-1140)


On 07/17/91, Bruce Frazier was sentenced for crimes thatoccurred on 09/20/88.  Frazier received five 50-year sentences forSecond-Degree Murder, Attempted First-Degree Murder, Kidnapping, Burglaryinvolving Assault, and Robbery with Deadly Weapon.  He received a 30-yearsentence for Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine.


Coleman (Escambia County # 98-1139)


On 09/29/89, Michael Coleman was sentenced for crimes thatoccurred on 09/20/88.  Coleman was sentenced to Death for First-DegreeMurder.  He was sentenced to four Life sentences for Kidnapping, SexualBattery with a Deadly Weapon, Armed Burglary, and Robbery with a DeadlyWeapon.  Coleman also received a 30-year sentence for AttemptedFirst-Degree Murder.

Trial Summary:


02/28/89         Robinson was indicted on the following counts:

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder

                                   Count II:         First-Degree Murder

                                   Count III:        First-Degree Murder

                                   Count IV:        First-Degree Murder

                                   Count V:         Attempted Murder

                                   Count VI:        Armed Kidnapping

                                   Count VII:      Armed Kidnapping

                                   Count VIII:     Armed Kidnapping

                                   Count IX:        Armed Kidnapping

                                   Count X:         Armed Kidnapping

                                   Count XI:        Armed Kidnapping

                                   Count XII:      Armed Sexual Battery

                                   Count XIII:     Armed Sexual Battery

                                   Count XIV:     Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine

                                   Count XV:      Armed Burglary

                                   Count XVI:     Armed Robbery

                                   Count XVII:   Armed Robbery

06/01/89         Robinson was found guilty on all counts charged in the indictment.

06/02/89         Upon advisory sentencing, the jury voted 6 to 6 for Life.

09/26/89         Judge Geeker overrode the jury recommendation.

Robinson wassentenced as follows:

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder – Death

                                   Count II:         First-Degree Murder –Death

                                  Count III:        First-Degree Murder –Death

                                   Count IV:        First-Degree Murder – Death

                                   Count IX:        Armed Kidnapping – Life

                                   Count V:         Attempted Murder – 30Years

                                   Count VI:        Armed Kidnapping – Life

                                   Count VII:      Armed Kidnapping – Life

                                   Count VIII:     Armed Kidnapping – Life

                                   Count X:         Armed Kidnapping –Life

                                   Count XI:        Armed Kidnapping – Life

                                   Count XII:      Armed Sexual Battery – Life

                                   Count XIII:     Armed Sexual Battery – Life

                                   Count XIV:     Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine – 30 Years

                                   Count XV:      Armed Burglary – 30 Years

                                   Count XVI:     Armed Robbery – Life

                                   CountXVII:   Armed Robbery – Life

Appeals Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC #74,945

610 So. 2d 1288 (Fla. 1992)


10/30/89         Appeal filed.

06/25/92         FSC affirmed the conviction and sentence.

10/15/92         Rehearing denied.

11/16/92         Mandate issued.


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC #79,043

598 So. 2d 77 (Fla. 1992)


12/15/91         Petition filed.

02/13/92         Petition denied.


United State Supreme Court – Petition for Writ ofCertiorari

USSC #93-6974

510 U.S. 1170 (U.S. 1994)


11/08/93         Petition filed.

02/28/94         USSC denied the petition.


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC# 89-1139


07/03/95         Motion filed.

04/19/00         Amended Motion filed.

09/09/09         Motion denied.


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Appeal

FSC# 09-1860



09/29/09         Appeal filed.


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC# 10-695



04/14/10          Petition filed.


Factors Contributing to the Delay in Execution ofSentence:


The 3.850 Motion has been pending for more than sixyears.  According to the Escambia County Circuit Court, the delay was dueto confusion over representation and funding and the defendant filing multiplePro Se pleadings, including motions for DNA testing and time extensions.


Case Information:


Robinson filed his Direct Appeal in the Florida SupremeCourt on 10/30/89.  The issues addressed included that the trial courterred in denying motions for a continuance and a change of venue, in notsevering the Coleman and Robinson trial, in not suppressing DNA testimony, andin overriding the jury’s recommendation of a life sentence.  Robinson alsoargued that prosecutor acted in an inflammatory manner by placing the knives onthe bench of the jury box and that his due-process rights were violated becausehe was shackled during the proceedings.  The Florida Supreme Court did notfind errors that warranted reversing the conviction or sentence and affirmedthe conviction and sentence on 06/25/92.  Rehearing was denied on10/15/92.  A mandate was issued on 11/16/92.


Robinson filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in theFlorida Supreme Court on 12/15/91.  The petition was denied on02/13/92. 


On 11/08/93, Robinson filed a Petition for Writ ofCertiorari in the United States Supreme Court.  The petition was denied on02/28/94.


Robinson filed a 3.850 Motion in the Circuit Court on07/03/95.  The motion was denied on 09/09/09.


On 09/29/09, Robinson filed a 3.850 appeal in the FloridaSupreme Court. This case is currently pending.


On 04/14/10, Robinson filed a Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus in the Florida Supreme Court. This case is currently pending.


Institutional Adjustment: 


DATE            DAYS             VIOLATION                                  LOCATION      

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

10/30/89         30                  DISOBEYINGORDER                   FSP

11/21/90         0                    SPOKEN THREATS            FSP

04/09/91         30                  DISOBEYINGORDER                   FSP

05/26/91         180                UNARMEDASSAULT                   FSP

06/17/91         30                  DISOBEYINGORDER                   FSP

09/07/91         30                  POSS OF CONTRABAND              FSP

09/29/91         30                  MISUSE OF STATE PROP  FSP

10/06/91         60                  DISOBEYINGORDER                   FSP

10/16/91         60                  LYING TOSTAFF                           FSP

02/06/93         0                    ASSAULTS OR ATTEMPT  FSP

03/05/93         0                    MAIL VIOLATIONS                       UNION C. I.        

04/19/93         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.        

07/12/93         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

07/13/93         0                    DISORDERLY CONDUCT UNION C. I.        

09/20/93         0                    FAILURE TO COMPLY                 UNION C. I.        

06/02/94         0                    SPOKEN THREATS            UNION C. I.        

06/02/94         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.        

06/14/94         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.        

06/29/94         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.        

07/01/94         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

07/05/94         0                    DISRESP.TOOFFICIALS              UNION C. I.        

07/31/94         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C.I.-MED.

07/31/94         0                    INCITING RIOTS                            UNIONC.I.-MED.

08/21/94         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

09/12/94         30                  DISOBEYINGORDER                   FSP

10/20/94         0                    OBSCENE PROFANE ACT FSP

10/28/94         0                    DISORDERLY CONDUCT FSP

12/21/94         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              FSP

12/28/94         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   FSP

05/16/95         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   FSP

10/07/95         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

10/08/95         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

11/22/95         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

03/02/96         0                    SPOKEN THREATS            UNION C. I.        

03/22/96         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C.I.-MED.

05/07/96         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.        

06/06/96         0                    SEX ACTS                                        UNION C.I.-MED.

09/20/96         0                    DISRESP.TOOFFICIALS              UNION C.I.-MED.

10/28/96         60                  SPOKENTHREATS            UNION C. I.        

11/01/96         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C.I.-MED.

05/28/97         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.        

06/30/97         0                    FIGHTING                                        UNION C. I.        

07/01/97         0                    DISRESP.TOOFFICIALS              UNION C. I.       

12/18/97         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.       

06/02/98         0                    DEST. OF ST. PROP.                       UNION C. I.       

06/18/98         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.       

07/15/98         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.       

10/22/98         0                    POSS OFNEGOTIABLES              UNION C. I.       

03/01/99         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.       

11/01/99         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.       

02/15/00         0                    DISOBEYINGORDER                   UNION C. I.       

03/09/00         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.       

03/11/00         0                    DISORDERLY CONDUCT UNION C. I.       

03/30/00         180                POSS OFWEAPONS                      UNION C. I.       

03/31/00         0                    POSS OF WEAPONS                      UNION C. I.       

06/23/00         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.       

06/24/00         0                    INCITING RIOTS                            UNION C. I.       

06/30/00         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.       

01/27/01         0                    DISOBEYINGORDER                   UNION C. I.       

01/27/01         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.       

04/07/01         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.       

05/27/01         0                    DISRESP.TO OFFICIALS              UNION C. I.       

06/09/01         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.       

02/27/02         0                    DISRESP.TOOFFICIALS              UNION C. I.       

02/28/02         0                    DISORDERLY CONDUCT UNION C. I.       

04/18/02         0                    POSS OF CONTRABAND              UNION C. I.       

07/11/03         0                     DISOBEYINGORDER                   UNION C. I.       

07/12/03         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.       

03/01/04         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.

03/04/04         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.

06/14/04         0                    SPOKEN THREATS            UNION C. I.

06/14/04         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.

06/29/04         0                    DISOBEYING ORDER                   UNION C. I.

11/22/04         0                    SPOKEN THREATS            UNION C. I.




Report Date:  03/02/02          SQ

Approved:      04/17/02         WS

Updated:        04/22/10         EMJ