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PaganAlex 668630CCRC-MCase Summary

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DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
2/27/2006FSC06-3783.850 appeal filed
1/11/2007FSC06-378Relinquished to CC
3/19/2007FSC06-378Relinquishment ended
7/18/2007FSC06-378Initial brief filed
7/18/2007FSC06-378Answer filed
11/3/2008FSC06-378Oral Arguments held
10/15/2009FSC06-378Motion for Rehearing
2/15/2010FSC06-378Rehearing denied
7/18/2007FSC07-1327Habeas petition filed
10/19/2007FSC07-1327State's response filed
11/3/2008FSC07-1327Oral Arguments held
10/15/2009FSC07-1327Motion for Rehearing
2/15/2010FSC07-1327Rehearing denied
3/3/2010USDC-S10-60316Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

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2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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PAGAN, Alex (W/M)

AKA:  Alejandro Ramirez or “Lex”

DC# 668630   

DOB:  03/25/69


Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, Broward County Case# 93-3648

Sentencing Judge, Trial:  The Honorable Susan Lebow

Attorneys, Trial:  Dennis Colleran & A. RandallHass – Private

Attorney, Direct Appeal:  Richard L. Rosenbaum –Private

Attorney, Collateral Appeals:  David Gemmer– CCRC-M


Date of Offense:  02/23/93     

Date of Sentence:  10/15/98


Circumstances of the Offense:


Alex Pagan was convicted for the murders of six-year-oldMichael Lynn, his father, Freddy Jones, and the attempted murders of hismother, Latasha Jones, and his 18-month-old brother, Lafayette Jones. 


Pagan and Willie Graham had previously broken into thevictim’s house on 01/23/93 and took clothes, jewelry and cash, which were laterfound in Pagan’s possession.  Pagan and Graham had learned of thepossibility of obtaining an additional $12,000 to $13,000 in the same house,and they planned on returning to get the money.  On 02/23/93, Pagan andGraham, both wearing ski masks, entered the victim’s master bedroom by breakingthe sliding glass door in the room where Freddy and Latasha, and their baby(Lafayette) were sleeping.  Pagan and Graham demanded that they give themthe money.  When Freddy denied having any money, one of the intrudersbegan searching the house.  He found Michael Lynn in another room and tookhim to the master bedroom.  He then took Latasha at gun point and searchedthe rest of the house.  When he couldn’t find the money, he took Latashaback into the bedroom and hit her with the gun. 


One of the intruders then began looking in a closet when thedoor light turned on.  He closed the door immediately fearing that thefamily had seen his face.  Latasha testified that one of the gunmen’smasks was partially off, and she could tell he had white skin.  One ofthem then took the keys to the victim’s car and told the other to go start thecar.  The gunman, Pagan, then tied everybody up.  He shot Freddy onceand then said to Michael Lynn, “Shorty, if you live through this, don’t grow upto be like me.”  He then fired several more shots.  Latasha was shotbut did not die.  She testified to having heard seven or eightshots.  After Pagan and Graham left, Latasha kicked out of her restraintsand called out to Freddy and Michael.  When she did not receive a responseout of either of them, she grabbed her baby and ran out of the house to findhelp.  Freddy died from a gunshot wound to the head, and Michael Lynn diedfrom multiple gunshot wounds to the head with one in the buttocks. 


On 02/27/93, Pagan was arrested when search and arrestwarrants were issued by the Circuit Court Judge, Honorable Sheldon M. Shapiro,for the murders of Freddy and Michael Lynn Jones and the attempted murder ofLatasha and Lafayette Jones.  Another Circuit Court Judge, HonorableLawrence Korda, found that probable cause existed and that Pagan should be heldto answer to charges surrounding the murders and attempted murders.


Latasha Jones testified that their house had beenburglarized on 01/23/93.  She said that about $26,000 worth of clothes,jewelry and cash had been taken.  Some of these items were later found inPagan’s residence.  Other items were found to have been taken by Graham tobe pawned at two pawn shops.  Antonio Quezada and Keith Jackson, friendsof the defendants, testified that they saw both Pagan and Graham wearingjewelry that Latasha identified as being taken from her house on01/23/93.  Quezada also testified that he dropped Pagan and Graham off atthe Jones’ house the night of the murders, and Pagan told him that he was goingto kill everyone inside.  He also said that, after the murders Pagan cameto his house and told him they had killed everyone.  Jackson testifiedthat Pagan also admitted to killing everyone, dismantling the gun andscattering the pieces all over Miami.


Codefendant Information:


Willie Graham (AKA:  Shaikwam)

DC# 194678


Graham was charged and found guilty of the same 6 counts asPagan (CC# 93-3648).  Graham received two life sentences for counts I andII and was sentenced to 30 years for counts III, IV, V and VI.  Allsentences are to be served concurrently.  He is currently incarcerated atHardee Correctional Institution.

Prior Incarceration History in the State of Florida:



Prior Prison History: (Note: Data reflected covers periods of incarceration with the Florida Dept. of Corrections since January of 1983)

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Prior Community Supervision History: (Note: Data reflected covers periods of community supervision with the Florida Dept. of Corrections since January of 1983)

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Trial Summary: 


03/25/93         Indicted as follows:

                                   Count I:           Premeditated First-Degree Murder (Michael Lynn)

                                   Count II:          Premeditated First-Degree Murder (Freddy)

                                   Count III:         First-DegreeAttempted Murder (Latasha)

                                   Count IV:         First-Degree AttemptedMurder (Lafayette)

                                   Count V:          Burglary with aFirearm

                                   Count VI:         Robbery with aFirearm

12/20/96         Jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the indictment

03/05/97         Jury recommended death by a vote of 7-5

10/15/98         Sentenced as follows:

CountI:           Premeditated First-Degree Murder (Michael Lynn) – Death

                                   Count II:          Premeditated First-Degree Murder (Freddy) – Death

                                   Count III:         First-DegreeAttempted Murder (Latasha) – Life

                                   Count IV:         First-DegreeAttempted Murder (Lafayette) – Life

                                   Count V:          Burglary with aFirearm – Life

                                   Count VI:         Robbery with aFirearm – Life


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# 94,365

830 So. 2d 792


11/18/98         Appeal filed

04/04/02         Convictions and sentences affirmed

04/19/02         Motion for rehearing filed

11/07/02         Rehearing denied and mandate issued


United States Supreme Court – Petition for Writ ofCertiorari

USSC# 02-10048

123 S. Ct. 2278; 156 L. Ed. 2d 137; 2003


03/10/03         Petition filed

06/09/03         Petition denied


State Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC# 93-3648


05/07/04         Motion filed

02/07/05         Evidentiary hearing

02/07/06         Motion denied


Florida Supreme Court – 3.850 Appeal

FSC# 06-378

--- So.3d ----, 2009 WL 3126337


02/27/06         Appeal filed

11/03/08         Oral Arguments held

10/01/09         Petition Denied

10/15/09         Motion for rehearing filed


Florida Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus

FSC# 07-1327

--- So.3d ----, 2009 WL 3126337


07/18/07         Petition filed

11/03/08         Oral Arguments held

10/01/09         Petition denied.

10/15/09         Motion for rehearing filed


United States District Court (South) – Petition forWrit of Habeas Corpus

USDC-S# 0:10-cv-60316-CMA


03/03/10         Petition filed

12/20/10            Dismissed with Prejudice



Factors Contributing to the Delay in the Imposition ofthe Sentence:


The Florida Supreme Court took over three years to decidePagan’s Direct Appeal.


Case Information:


On 11/08/98, Pagan filed his Direct Appeal to the FloridaSupreme Court.  Pagan claimed that the trial court erred in allowing certainevidence to be entered, including pictures of the victims and experttestimony.  Pagan argued that the Williams Rule of Evidence, which saysevidence admitted to trial must be similar and relevant to the crimes beingtried, was violated.  The State introduced information about the previousburglary as an explanation and motive for the second break-in and subsequentmurders.  The Court found that the evidence was relevant to the murdertrials.  Pagan also contended that the trial court should have granted hisMotion to Suppress Evidence that was recovered during an illegal search of hisresidence.  He claimed that the search warrant was issued on falseinformation and that the police surpassed the scope of the warrant.  Amongthe other claims, Pagan contended that the trial court erred in not consideringor granting various motions, which were based on numerous violations, for a newtrial.  The Court found no merit to any of his claims and affirmed hisconvictions and sentences on 04/04/02.  Subsequently, his rehearing wasdenied in light of revised opinion and the mandate was issued on 11/07/02.


On 03/10/03, Pagan filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorarito the United States Supreme Court, which was denied on 06/09/03.


On 05/07/04, Pagan filed a 3.850 Motion to the CircuitCourt, which was denied on 02/07/06.


On 02/27/06, Pagan filed a 3.850 Appeal to the FloridaSupreme Court.  On 11/03/08, Oral Arguments were held.  The petitionwas denied on 10/01/09.  A motion for a rehearing was filed on 10/15/09.This motion is pending.


On 07/18/07, Pagan filed a Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus to the Florida Supreme Court.  On 11/03/08, Oral Arguments wereheld.  This petition was denied on 10/01/09. A motion for rehearing wasfiled on 10/15/09.  This motion is pending.


On 03/03/10, Pagan filed a Petition for Writ of HabeasCorpus to the United States District Court (South).  This petition was dismissedwith prejudice on 12/20/10.


Institutional Adjustment:


DATE    DAYS          VIOLATION                         LOCATION       

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08/16/99     0        DEST. OF ST.PROP.                 FLORIDA STATE PRISON





Report Date:    03/28/03          EMC

Approved:       04/01/03          WS

Updated:         01/05/11          CAR