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March 7, 2013
Michael James Jackson v. State of Florida
Mr. Jackson was convicted of the first-degree murders of James and Carol Sumner, who died from asphyxiation after being buried alive in 2005. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend a death sentence for each murder. The trial court condemned him to death. This Court upheld his sentences on direct appeal and Mr. Jackson filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.