Terence Lenamon at Work: Defense Counsel in Trial for 2008 Pawn Shop Owner Killing

With all the hoopla surrounding the Florida death penalty statute (see our prior posts), some may be wondering what capital defense lawyers in Florida are doing right now.  Well, there are those sentencing hearings, right? 

Lenamon is Defending a Murder Case in Miami

And there are still murder trials.  The prosecutors are still busy trying homicide cases in Florida, no matter what controversy surrounds seeking the death penalty right now. 

Like the one that Terence Lenamon is involved in this month over in Miami. 

Back in 2008, a North Miami pawn shop owner named Marty Sprung was shot and killed.  Check out the 2008 Spot Crime report here.

Last Thursday trial began in the murder trial where Stevenson Charles is being accused of killing the pawn shop owner.  The District Attorney's Office is seeking life imprisonment for the crime.

Terry Lenamon is defense counsel in the murder mystery case. 

Read the details of the story here in the Miami Herald coverage, "Who killed pawnshop owner? Miami jury to decide identity of killer."  It's a real life whodunit in the article by David Ovalle, published on January 19, 2017.

 

Read and Watch WLRN News Story: "Cell 1: Florida's Death Penalty in Limbo"

This week was the debut of "Cell 1: Florida’s Death Penalty in Limbo," which is a special production of WLRN News.

Read the story online in six parts.

Here's a short 3 minute overview:

Federal Death Penalty for Dylann Roof in Charleston Church Shooting

The jury has made its decision in the case of Dylann Roof, charged with the shooting deaths of nine people attending church in Charleston, South Carolina.  Roof has been sentenced to death.

Federal Hate Crime Death Sentence

As the Associated Press reports, this is the first time that an individual has been sentenced to death in this country for what has been designated as a "hate crime." 

Roof represented himself before the jury.  Read details of his statements prior to sentencing in the CBS News coverage, " Dylann Roof sentenced to death for Charleston church shooting."

Moratorium on Federal Death Penalty

Right now, there is a federal moratorium on the death penalty.  There are 62 Federal Death Row Inmates on the federal government's Death Row.  Dylann Roof apparently will be number 63, joining Death Row inmates like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon Bomber. 

Will Federal Moratorium on Death Penalty End?

What will happen during the new Presidential Administration?  Some suggest that Trump will change the moratorium and federal executions will proceed. 

Florida Supreme Court Rules on Post-Hurst Sentencing Hearings

Right before Christmas (on December 22nd), the Florida Supreme Court issued two opinions that answer the question of vacating the death sentences of Florida Death Row inmates after the SCOTUS ruling that their capital punishment had been decided unconstitutionally (Hurst).

Asay v State and Mosley v State

The two cases are Asay v State of Florida and Mosley v State of Florida.  Both opinions have been stored for your convenience in the Terence Lenamon Online Library. (Click the link in the left sidebar.)

Hearing for Mosley; Not for Asay

In sum, Asay holds that Mark James Asay does not get a new sentencing hearing because he had finished his direct appeal process before the SCOTUS decision in Ring v. Arizona. 

In Mosley, the High Court finds that he was sentenced to death by a judge who disregarded the jury's recommendation and did so after Ring v. Arizona.  He gets a new sentencing hearing.

Read Mosley here: 

 

 
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