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Robert Ira PEEDE





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: March 31, 1983
Date of birth: June 30, 1944
Victim profile: Darla Peede (his estranged wife)
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Orange County, Florida, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on March 5, 1984

Florida Supreme Court

opinion 90002 opinion SC04-2094

DC# 093094
DOB: 06/30/44

Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orange County Case# CR83-1682
Sentencing Judge:  The Honorable Michael F. Cycmanick
Trial Attorney:  Theotis Bronson – Assistant Public Defender
Attorney, Direct Appeal:  Larry B. Henderson – Assistant Public Defender
Attorney, Collateral Appeals:  Linda M. McDermott – Private

Date of Offense:  03/31/83

Date of Sentence:  03/05/84

Circumstances of the Offense:

Robert Ira Peede drove his motorcycle from Hillsboro, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida on 03/30/83 with the intent of getting his estranged wife, Darla Peede, to return to North Carolina with him.

The full extent of his plan was to use Ms. Peede as a decoy to lure his former wife, Geraldine, and her current boyfriend, Calvin Wagner, to a motel where he was going to kill them. He sold his motorcycle and flew to Miami, Florida.

At approximately 5:15 p.m., Peede called Darla and requested that she come pick him up at the airport. Darla agreed but prior to her departure she left strict instructions with her daughter to call the police if she was not back by midnight and to give them the license plate number of her car.

Darla also gave her daughter both Geraldine’s and the Hillsboro Police Department’s phone numbers. Darla feared that she would be forced to return to North Carolina and would be killed with the others. She purposefully only took her purse with her when she left her home.  

According to Peede’s statements, Darla picked him up at the airport. He then directed her to drive north on Interstate 95. The two mistakenly got on to the turnpike heading toward Orlando. As some point the song “Swinging” came on the radio. Due to Peede’s belief that Darla and Geraldine had placed an ad for sexual partners in the national magazine “Swinger,” Peede superficially cut Darla in the side with his knife.

On the way to Orlando, the two picked up a hitchhiker. The hitchhiker drove the car while the two had intercourse in the back seat. Darla remained in the back seat and the hitchhiker was dropped off in Orlando. Peede drove toward Daytona Beach on I-4.

The two began discussing Peede’s idea about the advertisement in the magazine “Swingers.” About five or six miles outside of Orlando, Peede stopped the car on the shoulder of the road, jumped into the back seat, and stabbed Darla in the neck. This wound resulted in Darla bleeding to death within five to fifteen minutes.

Peede continued to drive to North Carolina. He discarded Darla’s body in a wooded area in Camden, Georgia. Peede threw his knife out of the car window at some point during the drive.

Peede still had intentions of carrying out the murders of Geraldine and Calvin; his shotgun was loaded and placed by the door when he was arrested. Peede was arrested at his home in Hillsboro, North Carolina. Darla’s car was parked outside of his residence. The car’s interior was heavily bloodstained.

Peede wrote out a confession stating that he killed Darla by stabbing her in the throat. Peede also asked for the death penalty and for this sentence to be carried out as soon as possible.

Trial Summary:

05/25/83          Indicted as follows:

Count I:           First-Degree Murder

05/31/83          Defendant pled not guilty

02/17/84          Jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the indictment

03/05/84          Jury recommended death by a vote of 11-1

03/05/84          Sentenced as follows:

Count I:           First-Degree Murder – Death

Case Information:

Peede filed a Direct Appeal to the Florida Supreme Court 04/05/84. The main issue that Peede raised was that the trial judge erred in allowing Peede to excuse himself from attending his capital trial. The Court ruled the record supported the trial court’s finding that Peede knowingly and voluntarily excused himself from the courtroom.

The Court also stated a defendant can waive his right to be present at stages of his capital trial if he personally chooses to voluntarily absent himself; therefore, no reversible error was committed by the trial court.

The Court affirmed Peede’s conviction and sentence on 08/15/85. The rehearing was denied on 09/04/85 and the mandate was issued on 10/11/85. 

Peede filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court on 12/05/85. The Petition was denied on 06/23/86.

Governor Bob Martinez signed Peede’s death warrant on 05/06/88. Peede then filed a 3.850 motion to the Circuit Court on 06/06/88. A stay of execution was granted by the Circuit Court on 06/24/88, but the motion was denied on 06/21/96.

Peede filed an appeal of the trial court’s denial of the 3.850 Motion to the Florida Supreme Court on 03/03/97. The main issue raised in this appeal was the fact that the trial court and the State conceded for the need for an evidentiary hearing on certain claims and the trial court had scheduled a four-day evidentiary hearing, but the hearing never took place and the motion was denied.

The Court affirmed the trial court summary denial of many of the claims, but remanded the case to the circuit court, on 08/19/99, for an evidentiary hearing to be held on Peede’s Brady claim, the majority of his ineffective assistance of counsel claims, his mental competence claims, and his public records request. The motion was denied on 08/12/04.

On 10/29/04, Peede filed a 3.850 Appeal to the Florida Supreme Court, which is currently pending.

On 10/07/05, Peede filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus to the Florida Supreme Court, which is also pending.



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