Donald Dillbeck Florida Death Row

Donald Dillbeck On April 11, 1979, Dillbeck was the subject of a suspicious person complaint in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Dillbeck was observed sitting inside a vehicle at a closed park at the beach by a Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputy. While being questioned by the deputy, Dillbeck exited the vehicle and fled. The deputy […]

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William White Florida Death Row

William White Appellant was convicted of the first-degree murder of Gracie Mae Crawford.   The facts of the crime are detailed in our opinion on direct appeal. White was a member of a Kentucky chapter of the Outlaws, a motorcycle gang, but was visiting the Orlando chapter.   A group of the Outlaws, accompanied by […]

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Stephen Booker Florida Death Row

Stephen Booker Stephen Todd Booker was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of 94-year-old Lorine Demoss Harmon on 11/09/77. The elderly victim was found in her Gainesville apartment with two large knives embedded in her body.  Medical examiners reported the cause of death as being a loss of blood due to numerous stab […]

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Ernest Downs Florida Death Row

Ernest Downs Ernest Downs was involved in a murder-for-hire scheme and was paid $5,000 to kill Forrest Harris. Ron Garelick, a general life insurance agent and business associate of Forrest Harris, obtained a $400,000 insurance policy on Harris’ life, naming as beneficiary a jointly-owned Garelick-Harris corporation. Garelick knew John Barfield as a business acquaintance and […]

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William Thompson Florida Death Row

William Thompson William Thompson was convicted and sentenced to death for the 03/30/76 kidnapping, rape and murder of Sally Ivester. William Thompson, Rocco Surace, Barbara Savage and Sally Ivester were staying together in a motel room in Dade County.  Thompson and Surace instructed the two women to call their families in order to obtain money.  […]

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James Hitchcock Florida Death Row

James Hitchcock James Hitchcock, was unemployed and moved in with his brother, Richard, and Richard’s family in Orlando several weeks before the murder.  Hitchcock watched television with Richard and his family on the evening of the murder until approximately 11 p.m.  At that time, Hitchcock left the house and spent the next several hours smoking […]

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