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The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court summarily denying Appellant's successive motion for postconviction relief, holding that the circuit court properly denied relief.
Appellant pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, sexual battery, and other crimes. The trial judge sentenced Appellant to death for the murder. The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and sentences on direct appeal. Appellant later filed a successive postconviction motion under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, arguing that his death sentence was unconstitutional under Hurst v. Florida, 136 S. Ct. 616 (2016), and Hurst v. State, 202 S. 3d 40 (Fla. 2016). The circuit court summarily denied the motion. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that Appellant's claim was procedurally barred to the extent it was raised in his earlier postconviction appeal and, additionally, failed on the merits.