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Supreme Court of Florida.


No. SC17-869

Decided: January 24, 2018

James Vigianno, Capital Collateral Regional Counsel, Gregory W. Brown, James L. Driscoll, Jr., and David Dixon Hendry, Assistant Capital Collateral Regional Counsel, Temple Terrace, Florida, for Appellant Pamela Jo Bondi, Attorney General, and Doris Meacham, Assistant Attorney General, Daytona Beach, Florida, for Appellee

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

Evans' 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 Evans' 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, Evans responded to this Court's order to show cause arguing why Hitchcock should not be dispositive in this case.

After reviewing Evans' response to the order to show cause, as well as the State's arguments in reply, we conclude that Evans is not entitled to relief. Evans was sentenced to death following a jury's recommendation for death by a vote of eleven to one, and his sentence of death became final in March of 2002. Evans v. State, 800 So. 2d 182, 185-86 (Fla. 2001). Thus, Hurst does not apply retroactively to Evans' sentence of death. See Hitchcock, 226 So. 3d at 217. Accordingly, we affirm the denial of Evans' motion.

The Court having carefully considered all arguments raised by Evans, 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, 138 S. Ct. 513 (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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