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Category: Violent Crimes

Florida Supreme Court Overturns Death Sentence for Gruesome Murders

January 25, 2022 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

A Tragic Story On January 13, the Florida Supreme Court decided to overturn the conviction and death sentence of Peter Avsenew. In 2017, Avsenew was convicted of two counts of murder for the deaths of married couple Stephen Adams and Kevin Powell in their home in Wilton Manners, Florida, on December 23, 2010. The manner in which the victims had …

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Oxford High School Shooting

December 7, 2021 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

It is another somber day in America after hearing about the latest school shooting. With the ongoing pandemic looming over our heads, it feels like a low blow to be hit with such a tragic event. On Tuesday, November 30th, 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley brought a gun to Oxford High school campus near Detroit, Michigan. He stepped out from one of …

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The Miya Marcano Case

October 18, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

Just a few weeks after Gabby Petito’s body was found by police, another Florida woman had been classified as missing. Nineteen-year-old Miya Marcano was last seen near the Arden Villa apartments where she lived and worked in Orlando, Florida. She was supposed to take a trip down to South Florida to see her family, but after missing the flight her …

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Recent Florida Supreme Court Decision Discusses Stand Your Ground Immunity Standards

October 12, 2021 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

Brief Summary On October 7, 2021, the Supreme Court of Florida reviewed Boston v. State. This case arose out of the First District Court of Appeal in 2020 and discussed the correct standard of Stand Your Ground Immunity under Section 776.032 of the Florida Statutes. The First District Court of Appeal concluded that a defendant convicted by a jury after …

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Bill to Modify Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law Introduced

October 7, 2021 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

What is Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law? HB 73, called “The Self-Defense Restoration Act,” entered the Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee on September 17th. This bill was introduced by civil rights attorney and State Representative Michele Rayner and would alter Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. The law, codified in Section 776.013 of the Florida Statutes, answers the question of …

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What 1st Degree Murder Defendants Need to Know About Florida Supreme Court Decision Davidson Jr. v. State.

July 28, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

On July 8, 2021, the Supreme Court of Florida decided the case Donald H. Davidson Jr., v. State of Florida. The basis for this case is Davidson’s appeal of his prior conviction of first-degree murder and sentence of death. The Facts of the Case In 2014, Davidson was released with supervision from prison and was required to wear an ankle …

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What is Defense of Property in Florida?

July 16, 2021 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

In most cases concerning violent crime, like assault or battery, defendants will attempt to assert a form of self-defense at trial. One particular form of self-defense is an affirmative defense called “Defense of Property,” codified in Section 776.031, Florida Statutes. This section is titled “Use or threatened use of force in defense of property” and allows an individual to use, …

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A History of the Death Penalty in Florida and What it Means for Capital Defendants

June 8, 2021 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

            Florida is an outlier when comes to decisions regarding the death penalty. Recent Florida Supreme Court decisions have left this state in the company of only a few others in terms of the procedural safeguards afforded to capital defendants. These decisions affect the sentencing process and review process, two incredibly important steps in the treatment of capital defendants. If …

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Difference between Assault, Battery, and Domestic Violence in Florida

June 14, 2020 Domestic Violence, Violent Crimes

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What is the Difference between Assault, Battery, and Domestic Violence in Florida? Assault, Battery and crimes of domestic violence are crimes which are commonly mistaken for one another and mixed up. They have very different meanings in the state of Florida, and if you have been accused of one of these crimes, it is important to understand exactly what the …

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