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The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court denying Appellant's successive motion for postconviction relief filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding that the trial court properly denied relief.
In his postconviction motion, Appellant raised a claim relating to the legal name of one of his victims, to whom he had been married, and sought relief pursuant to Hurst v. Florida, 136 S. Ct. 616 (2016), and Hurst v. State, 202 S. 3d 40 (Fla. 2016). The trial court denied the motion. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) Appellant's claim regarding the legal name of one of his victims was untimely and procedurally barred; and (2) Hurst relief did not apply to Appellant because he waived his right to a penalty phase jury.