Hall v. StateAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed the postconviction court’s order denying Appellant relief on his successive motion for postconviction relief filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851 in which Appellant sought to vacate his death sentence pursuant to Hurst v. State, 202 So. 3d 40 (Fla. 2016).
Appellant, an inmate at Tomoka Correctional Institution, was convicted and sentenced to death for the first-degree murder of a correctional officer. This appeal concerned Appellant’s first successive motion for postconviction relief raising claims under Hurst. The Supreme Court affirmed the denial of relief, holding (1) Appellant’s argument that the stricken cold, calculate, and premeditated aggravator in his case was sufficient to receive Hurst relief failed because any error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt; (2) Appellant’s subclaims failed on the merits or were duplicative; (3) Appellant’s sentence did not violate the Eighth Amendment; and (4) Appellant’s claim that he was denied his right to a proper indictment because the grand jury indictment in his case did not list the aggravators failed.