Hodgkins v. StateAnnotate this Case
Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder. The evidence presented at trial connecting Appellant to the murder consisted only of proof that his DNA was detected within scrapings collected from the victim’s left fingernails. Following the penalty phase and a Spencer hearing, the trial court imposed a sentence of death. The Supreme Court reversed and vacated Appellant’s conviction and sentence, holding that the record lacked competent, substantial evidence to sustain the conviction and that the State’s evidence was susceptible to the theory that, after Appellant made contact with the victim, the perpetrator killed her but left no detectable evidence at the crime scene. Remanded with directions that a judgment of acquittal be entered.