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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery - Drugs
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: April 22, 1991
Date of birth: January 27, 1967
Victims profile: Gino Mayhew, 17 (drug dealer)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Duval County, Florida, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on December 9, 1993

Florida Supreme Court


opinion 83021

opinion SC04-1387


DC#  318987
DOB:  01/27/67

Fourth Judicial Circuit, Duval County Case # 91-8144
Sentencing Judge: The Honorable R. Hudson Olliff
Attorney, Trial: Robert Stuart Willis – Private
Attorney, Direct Appeal: David A. Davis – Assistant Public Defender
Attorney, Collateral Appeals: Harry Brody – Private

Date of Offense: 04/22/91

Date of Sentence: 12/09/93

Circumstances of Offense:

A witness testified that on 04/22/91, Kenneth Hartley and two codefendants (Ronnie Ferrell and Sylvester Johnson) approached the victim, Gino Mayhew, who was selling crack cocaine outside of his Chevrolet Blazer. 

The witness saw Hartley place a gun to Mayhew’s head and force him into the driver’s seat.  Hartley sat in the back seat, behind Mayhew, and Ferrell climbed into the front passenger seat.  The Blazer left at a high rate of speed, with Johnson following in a truck.

On 04/23/91, police found Mayhew slumped in the driver’s seat with five gunshot wounds – one shot to the forehead, three shots to the back of his head, and one shot to the shoulder.

Codefendant Information:

Hartley and the two codefendants, Ferrell and Johnson, were each charged and tried separately for the First-Degree Murder, robbery, and kidnapping of seventeen-year-old Gino Mayhew.  Ferrell was convicted and sentenced to death for the First-Degree Murder charge, and Johnson was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.   

Trial Summary:

07/25/91          Indicted as follows:

Count I            First-Degree Murder
Count II           Armed Robbery
Count III          Armed Kidnapping

08/27/93          Jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the indictment

09/09/93          Jury recommended a death sentence by a vote of 9-3

12/09/93          Sentenced as follows:

Count I             First-Degree Murder – Death
Count II            Armed Robbery – 15 years (habitual felony offender)
Count III           Armed Kidnapping – Life Imprisonment

Case Information:

On 01/13/94, Hartley filed a Direct Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court, citing eleven errors: admission of a police officer’s statement; exclusion of defense witness testimony; improper denial of a motion for mistrial; improper exclusion of state witness testimony; excusing a juror without a race-neutral reason; excusing a juror for cause due to opposition to imposition of the death penalty; improper jury instruction regarding an aggravating circumstance (cold, calculated, premeditated murder); improper finding of the cold, calculated, premeditated murder aggravating circumstance; erroneous doubling of aggravating circumstances (pecuniary gain and committed during a felony); improper jury instruction regarding an aggravating circumstance (heinous, atrocious, and cruel murder); and improper finding of the heinous, atrocious, and cruel murder aggravating circumstance.  The FSC affirmed the conviction and sentence on 09/19/96.

Hartley filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court on 05/05/97 that was denied on 10/06/97.

Hartley filed a 3.850 Motion with the Circuit Court on 09/17/98 that was amended on 11/09/98, 04/11/02, and 05/14/02.  The Motion was denied on 06/10/04, and the court issued an amended order on 10/04/04. 

Hartley filed a 3.850 Motion Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 07/13/04 that was voluntarily dismissed on 08/16/04.  Hartley filed a 3.850 Motion Appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on 01/10/05 and is pending.



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