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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery - Revenge
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: 1978 / 1989
Date of birth: October 16, 1950
Victims profile: One man / His lover, Emerson Robert Jackson (inmate)
Method of murder: Shooting / Stabbing with a homemade shank knife
Location: Polk County, Florida, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on July 13, 1990

Florida Supreme Court


Docket #83684 - Dean Kilgore, Appellant, vs. State of Florida, Appellee.

opinion initial brief of appellant
brief of appellee reply brief of appellant

DC# 029315
DOB: 10/16/50

Tenth Judicial Circuit, Polk County Case# CF89-0686A1-XX
(Transferred to the 13th Judicial Circuit)
Sentencing Judge:  The Honorable J. Tim Strickland
Resentencing Judge:  The Honorable Dennis P. Maloney
Trial Attorney:  Jeffrey M. Holmes – Private
Attorney, Direct Appeal:  Robert F. Moeller – Assistant Public Defender
Attorney, Direct Appeal (RS):  Paul C. Helm – Assistant Public Defender
Attorneys, Collateral Appeals:  William Hennis – CCRC-S

Date of Offense: 02/13/89

Date of Sentence: 07/13/90

Date of Resentence: 04/27/94

Circumstances of Offense:

On 07/13/90, Dean Kilgore was convicted of first-degree murder and resentenced to death.

Kilgore was serving two life sentences for prior offenses, first-degree murder and kidnapping, as well as a five year term for armed trespass, which began on 07/31/78. 

On 02/13/89, while serving his sentence, Kilgore waited outside a cell that belonged to his lover, Emerson Robert Jackson. 

When Jackson appeared, Kilgore stabbed him three times with a homemade shank knife.  After stabbing Jackson, Kilgore poured a caustic liquid onto Jackson’s face and into his mouth. 

After the incident, Kilgore immediately went to the administration building and admitted the murder to the guards.

Trial Summary:

03/02/89          Indicted as follows:

Count I:           First-Degree Murder

Count II:          Possession of Contraband by an Inmate

07/05/90          Kilgore entered a plea of nolo contendere to all counts

07/13/90          Jury returned verdicts of guilty on both counts of the indictment. Kilgore waived jury advisory sentence during penalty phase

Judge imposed sentence as follows:

Count I:           First-Degree Murder – Death

Count II:          Possession of Contraband by an Inmate – 15 years consecutive to death sentence, credit for time served

06/22/93          As a result of successful post-conviction motions, Kilgore was remanded for resentencing

04/07/94          Jury recommended death sentence by a vote of 9-3

04/27/94          Resentenced to death

Case Information:

On the day the sentence was imposed, 07/13/90, Kilgore filed motions seeking to vacate his plea of nolo contendere and to reduce his sentence.  These motions were denied on 07/16/90.  Supplemental motions were filed, asking for withdrawal of the plea, new trial, and a motion to vacate.

Kilgore filed a Direct Appeal to the Florida Supreme Court on 08/23/90.  The Court found that significant issues were raised by the denial of these motions and the supplemental motions, so the court relinquished jurisdiction over the case and ordered the trial court to consider all motions filed after 07/13/90.

The trial court denied Kilgore’s motion to reduce sentence, but granted his motion to vacate his plea and vacate sentence on 06/22/93.

On 04/07/94, the jury recommended a death sentence by a vote of 9-3.  Kilgore was resentenced to death on 04/27/94.

Kilgore filed a Direct Appeal (after resentencing) to the Florida Supreme Court on 05/11/94, raising a total of six issues, with three in the conviction phase and three in the penalty phase. 

For the conviction phase, Kilgore raised the following issues: the trial court denied him due process when a request for heat-of-passion jury instructions were denied and improper closing remarks to the jury by the prosecutor were allowed, failure to order a competency evaluation during the trial, and due process was violated when he was allowed to waive his presence at jury selection. 

For the penalty phase, Kilgore raised the following issues:  appropriateness of the death penalty, sentencing order was insufficient in its treatment of mitigating circumstances, and denial of proposed jury instructions.  The FSC affirmed Kilgore’s conviction and death sentence on 08/29/96.

Kilgore filed a 3.850 Motion to the Circuit Court on 06/08/98 and amended it on 10/19/01.  The evidentiary hearing was held on 06/13/05.  This case is currently pending.


Dean Kilgore



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