MARK TWILEGAR v. STATE OF FLORIDA

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Supreme Court of Florida.

MARK A. TWILEGAR, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee.

No. SC17-839

Decided: November 02, 2017

Neal Dupree, Capital Collateral Regional Counsel, Suzanne Myers Keffer, Chief Assistant, and Scott Gavin, Staff Attorney, Capital Collateral Regional Counsel, Southern Region, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for Appellant Pamela Jo Bondi, Attorney General, Tallahassee, Florida, and Timothy A. Freeland, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Tampa, Florida, for Appellee

Mark A. Twilegar, a prisoner under sentence of death, appeals the circuit court's order denying his successive motion for postconviction relief filed under Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.851 seeking relief from his death sentence pursuant to Hurst v. Florida, 136 S. Ct. 616 (2016), and Hurst v. State, 202 So. 3d 40 (Fla. 2016), cert. denied, 137 S. Ct. 2161 (2017). We have jurisdiction. See art. V, § 3(b)(1), Fla. Const.

As the circuit court correctly recognized, the Hurst decisions do not apply to defendants like Twilegar who waived a penalty phase jury. See Mullens v. State, 197 So. 3d 16, 38-40 (Fla. 2016), cert. denied, 137 S. Ct. 672 (2017); see also Brant v. State, 197 So. 3d 1051, 1079 (Fla. 2016). Although Twilegar urges this Court to revisit, in light of the Hurst decisions, its prior holding in Twilegar's direct appeal that his waiver was knowing, intelligent, and voluntary, see Twilegar v. State, 42 So. 3d 177, 204 (Fla. 2010), cert. denied, 562 U.S. 1225 (2011), that argument is without merit. See Mullens, 197 So. 3d at 39-40 (explaining that a defendant “cannot subvert the right to jury factfinding by waiving that right and then suggesting that a subsequent development in the law has fundamentally undermined his sentence”). Accordingly, we affirm the circuit court's denial.

It is so ordered.

NOT FINAL UNTIL TIME EXPIRES TO FILE REHEARING MOTION AND, IF FILED, DETERMINED.

PER CURIAM.

LABARGA, C.J., and PARIENTE, LEWIS, QUINCE, CANADY, POLSTON, and LAWSON, JJ., concur.

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