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The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the postconviction court denying in part John William Campbell’s amended motion to vacate his conviction of first-degree murder and sentence of death filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851 and denied Campbell’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus, holding that Campbell was not entitled to the relief he sought.
Campbell was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. Campbell later filed a motion to vacate judgment and sentence, raising several claims. The postconviction court granted one of the claims, awarding Campbell a new penalty phase based upon Hurst v. State, 202 So. 3d 40 (Fla. 2016), dismissed as moot Campbell’s remaining penalty-phase claims, and denied the remaining claims. Campbell appealed and filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus. The Supreme Court affirmed the postconviction court’s order and denied habeas relief, holding (1) the postconviction court properly denied relief on Appellant’s challenged claims; and (2) Appellant was not entitled to habeas relief on his claims of ineffective assistance of appellate counsel.