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Donald David DILLBECK





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: To avoid arrest - Carjacking
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: April 11, 1979 / June 24, 1990
Date of birth: May 24, 1963
Victims profile: A Lee County Sheriff's Office deputy / Faye Vann
Method of murder: Shooting / Stabbing with a paring knife
Location: Leon County, Florida, USA
Status: Sentenced to life in prison on June 6, 1979. Escaped in June 1990. Sentenced to death on March 15, 1991

Supreme Court of Florida


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Donald Dillbeck (May 24, 1963), is a convicted murderer currently on Florida's Death Row for the stabbing and murder of a woman in a Tallahassee, Florida mall parking lot.


On April 11, 1979, Dillbeck was the subject of a suspicious person complaint in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Dillbeck was observed sitting inside a vehicle at a closed park at the beach by a Lee County Sheriff's Office deputy. While being questioned by the deputy, Dillbeck exited the vehicle and fled.

The deputy pursued Dillbeck on foot and after apprehending Dillbeck, a brief struggle ensued. During the struggle, Dillbeck pulled out a gun and shot the deputy, fatally wounding him. Dillbeck was arrested and on June 6, 1979 was sentenced to life imprisonment.

In June, 1990, Dillbeck was working with other prison inmates at a catering function in Quincy, Florida. During the event, Dillbeck walked away from the area and eventually ended up in nearby Tallahassee, Florida.

Dillbeck purchased a paring knife and on June 24, 1990 he approached a woman sitting in her vehicle in the parking lot of the Tallahassee Mall. While armed with the knife, Dillbeck attempted to carjack the vehicle, however the driver resisted his attempts to do so. This caused Dillbeck to stab the driver repeatedly, causing her death. Dillbeck then fled in the vehicle, and crashed a short time later. Dillbeck was subsequently arrested by police.


Dillbeck was convicted of first degree murder, armed robbery, and armed burglary and was sentenced to death on March 15, 1991. Dillbeck is currently on Death Row at the Union Correctional Institution located in Raiford, Florida.


Donald David DILLBECK

AKA:  Dill Dillbeck, Robert Larry Greenwood

DC#  068610
DOB:  05/24/63

Second Judicial Circuit, Leon County Case #90-2795
Sentencing Judge:  The Honorable F.E. Steinmeyer III
Attorney, Trial:  Randy P. Morrell – Assistant Public Defender
Attorney, Direct Appeal:  David A. Davis – Assistant Public Defender
Attorney, Collateral Appeal:  George Blow, III – Registry

Date of Offense: 06/24/90

Date of Sentence: 03/15/91

Circumstances of Offense: 

Dillbeck was sentenced to life in prison for killing a policeman in 1979.  While serving his sentence, he walked away from a public function he and other inmates were catering in Quincy, Florida. 

On June 24, 1990, he walked to Tallahassee and bought a paring knife, and attempted to hijack a car and driver from a shopping mall parking lot.  Faye Vann, who was seated in the car, resisted and Dillbeck stabbed her several times in the throat and abdomen, killing her. Dillbeck attempted to flee in the car, crashed and was arrested shortly thereafter.

Additional information: 

At the time of the murder, Dillbeck was serving a life sentence for killing a police officer in 1979.

Trial Summary:

07/18/90          Indicted on the following charges:

Count I:           First-degree murder

Count II:          Armed robbery

Count III:         Armed burglary

02/26/91          The jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the indictment.

03/01/91         Upon advisory sentencing, the jury, by a vote of 8 to 4, recommended the defendant be sentenced to death for the murder conviction.

03/15/91          The defendant was sentenced as follows: 

Count I:            First-degree murder – death     

Count II:          Armed robbery – life imprisonment

Count III:         Armed burglary – life imprisonment

Case Information:

Dillbeck filed a Direct Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 04/17/91, raising ten trial court errors.  The FSC chose to address only the following error claims: refusing to excuse three jurors for cause, failure to allow evidence of inability to form specific intent, requiring Dillbeck to submit to examination by the State’s mental health expert, and improper finding of the escape aggravating circumstance.  The court affirmed the conviction and sentence on 04/21/94.

Dillbeck filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court on 01/17/95 that was denied on 03/20/95.

Dillbeck filed a 3.850 Motion with the circuit court on 04/23/97 that was denied on 09/05/02.

Dillbeck filed a 3.850 Motion Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 09/18/02, citing ineffective assistance of counsel and other claims.  On 08/26/04, the FSC affirmed the denial of the ineffective assistance of counsel claims, but remanded the other claims to the Circuit Court to enter findings of fact and conclusions of law.

Dillbeck filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus with the Florida Supreme Court on 06/23/03, citing Ring claims.  On 08/26/04, the FSC denied the Petition.

On 07/15/05, the Circuit Court filed findings of fact and conclusions of law for the denial of the 3.850 Motion.

Dillbeck filed a 3.850 Motion Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 08/09/05.  The Appeal is pending.


Donald Dillbeck



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