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Samuel Jason DERRICK





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: June 24, 1987
Date of birth: April 5, 1967
Victim profile: Rama Sharma (store owner)
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Pasco County, Florida, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on July 25, 1988. Resentenced to death on December 11, 1991

Supreme Court of Florida


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DC#  097494
DOB:  04/05/67

Sixth Judicial Circuit, Pasco County Case # 87-1775
Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Edward H. Bergstrom, Jr.
Attorney, Trial: Robert S. McClure & Stephen Dehnart – Assistant Public Defender
Attorney, Direct Appeal: Robert F. Moeller – Assistant Public Defender
Attorney, Collateral Appeals:  Harry Brody – Registry

Date of Offense: 06/24/87

Date of Sentence: 07/25/88

Date of Resentence: 12/11/91

Circumstances of Offense:

On 06/25/87, at 6:30 a.m., a passerby, Harry Lee, found Rama Sharma’s body on a path in the woods near Sharma’s convenience store in Pasco County. 

A trail of blood led from the body to a blood puddle twenty feet away.  A piece of a t-shirt and two sets of tennis shoe prints, one of which belonged to Lee, were found near the body. Evidence showed that Sharma was stabbed thirty-one times and died approximately ten to fifteen minutes after the last wound was inflicted.

Samuel Derrick was implicated in the murder by his friend, David Lowry, who testified at trial that Derrick told him that he killed Sharma. 

After arrest, Derrick confessed to the murder, stating that he intended to rob the store and jumped Sharma as he left the store.  When Sharma turned to run back to the store, Derrick grabbed him. 

Sharma recognized Derrick and started screaming, and Derrick admitted stabbing Sharma “to shut him up.”  Derrick tore off a piece of his shirt that had blood on it and took $360 from Sharma’s pocket. Derrick disposed of the knife in the woods and some clothing and shoes in a pond.

Trial Summary:

07/14/87          Indicted on one count of First-Degree Murder

07/17/87          Entered a not guilty plea

05/12/88          Jury returned a guilty verdict

05/13/88          Jury recommended a death sentence by a vote of 8-4

07/25/88          Sentenced to death

12/11/91          Jury recommended a death sentence by a vote of 7-5 and resentenced to death


Case Information:

On 09/22/88, Derrick filed a Direct Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court, citing the following errors:  discovery violations; Derrick was shackled during the trial; prejudice due to media coverage of the trial; restricting defense counsel’s cross-examination of certain witnesses; admission of fellow inmate testimony during the penalty phase of trial; and improper finding of the cold, calculated, and premeditated and avoiding arrest aggravating circumstances. 

On 03/21/91, the FSC affirmed the conviction, but vacated the sentence and remanded the case to the trial court for a new sentencing hearing.

On 01/06/92, Derrick filed a Direct Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court, citing the following trial court errors:  improper response to a jury inquiry; improper instruction on the murder committed during the commission of a felony and pecuniary gain aggravating circumstances; and unsupported finding of the avoiding arrest and heinous, atrocious, or cruel aggravating circumstances. 

The FSC did not comment on the following three claims of trial court error:  failure to consider all non-statutory mitigating circumstances, considering that the murder was committed during a felony, and proportionality of the death penalty.  The FSC affirmed the death sentence on 06/23/94.

On 11/22/94, Derrick filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court that was denied on 01/23/95.

On 03/24/97, Derrick filed a 3.850 Motion with the Circuit Court that was amended on 09/03/99 and 12/03/01.  The Circuit Court denied the motion on 07/18/05.

On 08/29/05, Derrick filed a 3.850 Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court that is pending.

On 07/10/06, Derrick filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus with the Florida Supreme Court that is pending.



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