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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
JonesHarry 062368RegistryCase Summary

Last Action

DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
3/9/2006FSC06-4743.850 Appeal
9/19/2008FSC06-474Motion for rehearing
12/23/2008FSC06-474Rehearing Denied
1/15/2009FSC06-474Mandate issued
4/20/2007FSC07-729Habeas appeal
2/10/2009USDC09-00054Habeas petition
5/10/2009USDC09-00054Amended Response
8/24/2009FSC09-15603.850 Appeal
2/8/2010FSC09-1560Initial Brief
5/11/2010FSC09-1560Answer Brief
7/15/2010FSC09-1560Reply Brief
10/29/2010FSC09-1560Motion for Rehearing
1/6/2011FSC09-1560Rehearing Denied
6/18/2007CC91-19323.850 Motion
7/9/2009CC91-1932Motion Denied
11/23/2010CC91-1932Successive 3.850 Motion
12/13/2010CC91-1932State's Reponse to 3.850 Motion
2/22/2011CC91-1932Huff Hearing

Current Attorney

Last NameFirst NameCityAddressZipPhoneEMail
McDermottLinda M.Wilton Manors, FL1141 N.E. 30th St.33334-850/322-2172Email


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2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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JONES, Harry (B/M)

DC#    062368

DOB: 09/04/59


Leon County Case, Second Judicial Circuit, Case # 91-1932

Sentencing Judge, Trial: The Honorable William Gary

Attorney, Trial: Gregory Cummings – Private

Attorney, Direct Appeal: James C. Banks – Assistant PublicDefender

Attorney, Collateral Appeals: Linda McDermott – Registry


Date ofOffense:         06/01/91

Date of Sentence:      11/20/92


Circumstances of Offense:


Between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on July 18, 1991, George Young,the victim, went to a Tallahassee liquor store.  Harry Jones entered thestore with Timothy Hollis while Young was talking to Archie Hamilton, his friendwho worked at the liquor store.  While in the store, Jones escorted anintoxicated and ill Hollis to the rest room.  According to Hamilton, Jonessaw Young pay cash for a half pint of gin when he returned from the restroom.  Young assisted Jones in taking Hollis outside, and agreed to giveJones and Hollis a ride home.  According to the testimony of severalwitnesses, the three men left the liquor store in Young’s red truck shortlybefore 7:00 p.m.  Hollis’s mother said that Jones and a white-haired man,later identified as Young, dropped her son off before leaving together.  Alocal convenience store clerk said that he saw Jones and Young together whenthey purchased a six-pack of beer between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. 


Young’s truck was involved in an accident at approximately8:05 p.m.  Jones, the only occupant of the vehicle, was taken to theemergency room for treatment.  A detective was sent to question Jones whenauthorities realized that the owner of the truck was missing.  Jones claimedthat he paid $20 to borrow the truck from a black man in “Frenchtown.” The following day, authorities found out that Jones and Young had been seentogether prior to the accident.  Two officers returned to Jones’ hospitalroom and took a bag of clothes that was removed from Jones by hospitalpersonnel following the accident.  Law enforcement officials also tooklottery tickets and cash removed from Jones’ pockets that were in thepossession of hospital security.


Young’s body was found in Boat Pond on Horseshoe Plantationin Northern Leon County on June 6th.  The witnesses who foundYoung’s body said that they had seen Jones fishing in nearby ponds on previousoccasions.  Expert testimony said that soil and pollen samples found onJones’ clothes were similar to those found at Boat Pond.  Additionally,the lottery tickets that were in Jones’ possession were purchased at the sametime and location as the tickets found in Young’s truck.


The medical examiner reported that fresh water drowning wasthe cause of Young’s death.  The medical examiner could not determinewhether Young was conscious when he died, but he did report that Young wasalive at the time he was immersed in water due to the plant material that waslodged in his throat and lungs.  Young also suffered a fractured arm andseveral broken ribs, which were consistent with defensive injuries prior todeath.


Kevin Prim, an inmate who had been housed in the medicalcell with Jones, said that Jones described how he met a “guy” and tried to robhim before he held him underwater until he stopped moving.  Anothercellmate corroborated Prim’s testimony by stating that he overheard Jones tellPrim that he had killed a man.


Jones testified that he and Hollis drank most of the nightof May 31 and continued drinking the following morning.  Jones alsotestified that his blood alcohol level was .269 when he was taken to thehospital after the accident.


Trial Summary:


07/18/91         Defendant indicted with the following:

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder

                                   Count II:         Robbery

                                   Count III:        Grand Theft of a MotorVehicle

11/13/92         Defendant found guilty on all counts

11/13/92         The jury recommended death by a vote of 10 to2

11/20/92         Defendant was sentenced as follows:

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder – Death

                                   Count II:         Robbery – 30 years

                                   Count III:        Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle– 10 years


* Note: This first trial resulted in a hung jury anda mistrial. The information above outlines the second trial.


Prior Incarceration in the State of Florida:



Offense Date


Sentence Date



Grand Theft


8 years


Robbery with Firearm or Deadly Weapon


3 years


Robbery with Firearm or Deadly Weapon


3 years


Robbery with Firearm or Deadly Weapon


5 years



Community Supervision History in Florida:



Offense Date


Sentence Date

Community Supervision Length


Resisting Officer with Violence


1Y 0M 0D


Battery of Law Enforcement


0Y 6M 0D



Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal


648 So. 2d 669


11/30/92         Appeal filed.

11/10/94         Conviction and sentence affirmed.

01/25/95         Rehearing denied.

02/24/95         Mandate issued.


United States Supreme Court – Petition for Writ ofCertiorari


515 U.S. 1147


04/21/95         Petition filed.

06/19/95         Petition denied.


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion



03/21/97         Motion filed.

04/15/04         Evidentiary Hearing held.

09/23/05         CC denied motion.


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Motion Appeal

FSC# 06-474

998 So. 2d 573


03/09/06         Appeal filed.

09/04/08         Appeal denied.


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC# 07-729

998 So. 2d 573


04/20/07         Petition filed.

09/04/08         Petition denied.


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion



06/18/07         Motion filed.

07/09/09         Motion denied.


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

USDC# 09-00054



02/10/09         Petition filed.


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Motion Appeal

FSC# 09-1560


08/24/09         Appeal filed.

10/15/10         Appeal denied.


Circuit Court – Successive 3.850 Motion



11/23/10         Motion filed.

12/13/10         State Response filed.


Factors Contributing to the Delay in Imposition ofSentence:


The 3.850 Motion waspending from 03/21/97 – 09/23/05.


Case Information:


A Direct Appeal was filedon 11/30/92.  Issues that were raised included whether the trial courterred in failing to suppress evidence obtained in violation of Jones’ FourthAmendment rights, and whether the trial court erred in allowing gruesomephotographs of the victim.  The Florida Supreme Court found all of theissues either harmless or without merit and affirmed the convictions andsentence of Death on 11/10/94. 

A Petition for a Writ ofCertiorari was filed with the United States Supreme Court on 04/21/95 anddenied on 06/19/95.


A 3.850 Motion was filedwith the State Circuit Court on 03/21/97 and was denied on 09/23/05.  


A 3.850 Motion Appeal wasfiled with the Florida Supreme Court on 03/09/06 that was denied on09/04/08. 


A Petition for Writ ofHabeas Corpus was filed with the Florida Supreme Court on 04/20/07 that wasdenied on 09/04/08.


A 3.850 Motion was filedwith the State Circuit Court on 06/18/07. This motion was denied on 07/07/09.


Jones filed a Petitionfor Writ of Habeas Corpus with the United States District Court on 02/10/09.This petition is pending.


A 3.850 Appeal was filedwith the Florida Supreme Court on 08/24/09. This appeal was denied on 10/15/10.


A Successive 3.850 Motionwas filed with the State Circuit Court on 11/23/10.  This motion iscurrently pending.


Institutional Adjustment:





 DATE     DAYS                   VIOLATION                                   LOCATION      

10/12/95      0                     FIGHTING                                         UNION C. I.        

06/14/00     60                    DISORDERLY CONDUCT              UNION C. I.       

12/02/05     30                    MAILVIOLATIONS                         UNION C.I. 





Report Date:  10/28/02          cc

Updated:         04/13/11         CAR