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April 3, 2013
James Barnes v. State of Florida
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Mr. Barnes pled guilty to the first-degree murder of Patricia Miller, who was raped, strangled and fatally beaten in her home in 1988. He waived an advisory jury recommendation and the trial court condemned him to death. This Court upheld his sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Barnes filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.