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Jose Antonio JIMENEZ






Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robberies
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: October 19, 1990 / October 2, 1992
Date of arrest: October 5, 1992
Date of birth: October 12, 1963
Victims profile: ??? / Phyllis Minas, 63
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Dade County, Florida, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on December 14, 1994

The United States Court of Appeals
For the Eleventh Circuit

opinion 06-14523

Florida Supreme Court

opinion 85014 opinion SC00-1436 opinion SC05-2373

DC#   406677

Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Dade County Case # 92-34156
Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Leslie Rothenberg
Trial Attorneys: Michael Matters & Andrew Kassier – Special Public Defenders
Attorney, Direct Appeal: J. Rafael Rodriguez – Special Appointed Public Defender
Attorney, Collateral Appeals: Martin McClain – Registry

Date of Offense: 10/02/92

Date of Sentence: 12/14/94

Circumstances of the Offense:

Jose Jimenez entered the home of Phyllis Minas, a 63-year-old woman, and beat and stabbed her to death. 

Minas’ neighbors heard her scream “Oh God, Oh my God!” during the attack.  The neighbors attempted to enter the apartment through Minas’ unlocked front door. 

As they were attempting to enter, Jimenez slammed the front door shut and locked it.  Jimenez left the apartment by going through the bedroom and out to the balcony.  Jimenez jumped over to the neighboring apartment’s balcony and then jumped down to the ground. 

When rescue workers arrived within minutes of the attack, Minas was still alive.  Jimenez cleaned himself up and changed clothes before approaching neighbors in the hallway.  Jimenez asked one of the female neighbors whether he could use her phone to call a cab.

Fingerprints were found on the inside of the front door of Minas’ apartment that matched Jimenez’s prints.  Jimenez was arrested at his parents’ home in Miami, Florida, three days after the crime. 

Additional Information:

Jimenez was subsequently convicted of Second-Degree Murder, Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, and Burglary with Assault for a different crime that was perpetrated on 10/19/90.  He was sentenced to 17 years for the Murder, 17 years for the Robbery, and 15 years for the Burglary.

Trial Summary:

10/21/92          Defendant was indicted with the following:

Count I:           First-Degree Murder

Count II:          Burglary with Assault  

10/06/94          Defendant was found guilty by the trial jury on all counts

11/10/94          The jury recommended Death by a vote of 12 to 0

12/14/94          Defendant was sentenced as follows:

Count I:           First-Degree Murder – Death

Count II:          Burglary with Assault – Life sentence

*Please note, sentences are to run consecutively

Case Information:

A Direct Appeal was filed with the Florida Supreme Court on 01/17/95.  Issues that were raised included whether the trial court erred by impermissibly restricting Jimenez’s right to cross-examine and whether the trial court conducted an insufficient hearing and improperly denied Jimenez’s request to discharge his court-appointed counsel.  The Florida Supreme Court found all claims either harmless or without merit and affirmed the convictions and sentence of death on 10/30/97.

A Petition for Writ of Certiorari was filed with the United States Supreme Court on 02/05/98 and denied on 05/18/98.

A 3.850 Motion was filed with the circuit court on 02/01/00 and was denied on 06/08/00.   

A 3.850 Appeal was filed on 07/05/00 and the Florida Supreme Court affirmed the Circuit Court’s denial of the 3.850 on 09/26/01. 

A Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus was filed with the Florida Supreme Court on 07/12/01 and was dismissed on 11/13/01. 

A Petition for Writ of Certiorari was filed on 12/06/01 and denied on 05/13/02.   

A Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus was filed with the Florida Supreme Court on 12/11/02 and denied on 06/10/03. 

A Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus was filed with the United States District Court on 01/20/04 and amended on 04/27/05.  On 01/30/06, the USDC denied the petition.

A Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus was filed with the Florida Supreme Court on 05/26/04 and was denied on 03/18/05.

A 3.851 Motion was filed with the Circuit Court on 04/28/05 and was denied on 09/15/05.

A 3.851 Motion Appeal was filed with the Florida Supreme Court on 12/22/05 that is pending.


Jose Antonio Jimenez



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