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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rape
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: December 2, 1995
Date of arrest: Next day
Date of birth: June 16, 1955
Victim profile: Kevin Flynn (his daughter's husband)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Pinellas County, Florida, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on February 20, 1998

United States Court of Appeals
For the Eleventh Circuit


opinion 08-16775


Florida Supreme Court


opinion SC03-1815 & SC04-847


DC# 071588
DOB:  06/16/55

Sixth­ Judicial Circuit, Pinellas County Case# 95-20270
Sentencing Judge:  The Honorable Brandt D. Downey, III
Attorney, Trial:  Pro Se & Nora McClure - Standby Assistant Public Defender
Attorney, Direct Appeal:  Paul C. Helm – Assistant Public Defender
Attorney, Collateral Appeals:  Joseph T. Hobson – Private

Date of Offense:  12/02/95

Date of Sentence:  02/20/98 

Circumstances of the Offense:

On 12/02/95, Anthony LaMarca met his daughter, Tonya Flynn, and her husband, Kevin Flynn, at a bar.  Around 7:45 p.m., Kevin left to drive LaMarca home. 

At 8:30 p.m., LaMarca returned to the bar alone and told Tonya they needed to drive to a relative’s house in Hudson County to pick up Kevin.  When they arrived at the house, no one was home. Tonya claims that LaMarca then raped her and asked her to leave Florida with him. 

He stated that her feelings for her husband would not last.  Tonya then called the police and reported the rape.  Police spotted LaMarca walking alongside the road but were unable to apprehend him because he took off running.

Early in the morning of 12/03/95, the police arrived at LaMarca’s home.  They discovered Kevin Flynn’s body in the bedroom.  Bullet cases and blood splatters were found in the living room. A trail of blood led to the bedroom.

A neighbor testified to seeing LaMarca arrive at his house on the night of 12/02/95 with another man with whom he appeared to be arguing.  Another witness, Jeremy Smith, testified to LaMarca’s confession of murdering Kevin. 

A prison inmate testified that while LaMarca was incarcerated with him for a different matter, he stated that when he was released he was going to kill Kevin Flynn. Although there was no medical evidence to support Tonya’s accusation of rape, testimony was provided stating that LaMarca had also raped his stepdaughter.

Trial Summary:

01/24/96          Indicted as follows:

Count I:           First-Degree Murder

11/06/97          Jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the indictment.

07/14/98          Jury recommended death by a vote of 11-1.

02/20/98          Sentenced as follows:

Count I:           First-Degree Murder – Death

Case Information:

On 03/19/98, LaMarca filed a Direct Appeal to the Florida Supreme Court.  LaMarca contended that evidence regarding the incident with his stepdaughter and the rape of his daughter, which was necessary for establishing premeditation and motivation, was withheld.  Also, evidence relevant to the daughter’s motive was erroneously withheld.

LaMarca also objected to the prosecutor’s discussion of LaMarca’s being in jail. LaMarca also argued error in the court’s refusal to accept mitigating circumstances proffered by standby counsel and the disproportionality of the death sentence based on one aggravator.

LaMarca filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court on 07/26/01.  The petition was denied on 10/01/01.

LaMarca filed a 3.851 Motion to the Circuit Court on 10/02/02.  The Motion was denied on 09/11/03.

On 10/13/03, LaMarca filed a 3.851 Appeal to the Florida Supreme Court.  On 04/20/06, the Court affirmed the trial court’s denial of all 22 claims made by LaMarca.  The Court addressed LaMarca’s three main claims:  (1) LaMarca has failed to overcome the strong presumption that his counsel rendered effective assistance as required by Strickland v. Washington, (2) he has failed to establish either a Brady or Giglio violation, and (3) his sentence is not unconstitutional, nor did the trial court abuse its discretion by allowing the prosecutor who represented the State in LaMarca’s trial conduct the evidentiary hearing.  The rehearing was denied on 06/07/06.  The mandate was issued on 06/23/06.

On 05/17/04, LaMarca filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus to the Florida Supreme Court, which was denied on 04/20/06.  The rehearing was denied on 06/07/06.  The mandate was issued on 06/23/06.

On 06/22/06, LaMarca filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus to the United States District Court, Middle District.  On 06/23/06, the petition was dismissed without prejudice, and the Court ordered LaMarca to file an amended petition.  The petition is currently pending.



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