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Supreme Court of Florida.

CURTIS W. BEASLEY, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee.

No. SC17-566

Decided: January 23, 2018

Bjorn Erik Brunvand and J. Jervis Wise, Brunvand Wise PA, Clearwater, Florida, for Appellant Pamela Jo Bondi, Attorney General, and Lisa Martin, Assistant Attorney General, Tampa, Florida, for Appellee

We have for review Curtis W. Beasley's appeal of the circuit court's order denying Beasley's motion filed pursuant to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.851. This Court has jurisdiction. See art. V, § 3(b)(1), Fla. Const.

Beasley's motion sought relief pursuant to the United States Supreme Court's decision in Hurst v. Florida, 136 S. Ct. 616 (2016), and our decision on remand in Hurst v. State (Hurst), 202 So. 3d 40 (Fla. 2016), cert. denied, 137 S. Ct. 2161 (2017). This Court stayed Beasley's appeal pending the disposition of Hitchcock v. State, 226 So. 3d 216 (Fla. 2017), cert. denied, 138 S. Ct. 513 (2017). After this Court decided Hitchcock, Beasley responded to this Court's order to show cause arguing why Hitchcock should not be dispositive in this case.

After reviewing Beasley's response to the order to show cause, as well as the State's arguments in reply, we conclude that Beasley is not entitled to relief. Beasley was sentenced to death following a jury's recommendation for death by a vote of ten to two, and his sentence of death became final in 2001. Beasley v. State, 774 So. 2d 649, 657 (Fla. 2000). Thus, Hurst does not apply retroactively to Beasley's sentence of death. See Hitchcock, 226 So. 3d at 217. Accordingly, we affirm the denial of Beasley's motion.

The Court having carefully considered all arguments raised by Beasley, we caution that any rehearing motion containing reargument will be stricken. It is so ordered.

I concur in result because I recognize that this Court's opinion in Hitchcock v. State, 226 So. 3d 216 (Fla. 2017), cert. denied, 2017 WL 4355572 (U.S. Dec. 4, 2017), is now final. However, I continue to adhere to the views expressed in my dissenting opinion in Hitchcock.


LABARGA, C.J., and QUINCE, POLSTON, and LAWSON, JJ., concur. PARIENTE, J., concurs in result with an opinion. LEWIS and CANADY, JJ., concur in result.

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