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Lloyd Chase ALLEN






A.K.A.: "Lee Brock"
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: November 13, 1991
Date of arrest: February 18, 1992
Date of birth: October 25, 1945
Victim profile: Dortha Cribbs (female)
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Monroe County, Florida, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on March 3, 1993

Supreme Court of Florida

opinion 81639 opinion SC02-371
opinion SC00-113, SC00-154, SC00-410

AKA:  Lee Brock

DOB: 10/25/45

Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, Monroe County, Case #92-30056-CF
Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Richard Fowler
Trial Attorney: Gerod Hooper – Assistant Public Defender
Attorney, Direct Appeal: Valerie Jonas – Assistant Public Defender
Attorneys, Collateral Appeal: Leor Veleanu – CCRC-S

Date of Offense: 11/13/91

Date of Sentence: 03/03/93

Circumstances of Offense:

Lloyd Chase Allen, the defendant, was convicted and sentenced to death for the November 13, 1991, murder of Dortha Cribbs.

Apparently, Cribbs met Allen at a truck stop while driving from her home in Ohio to Florida.  Allen accompanied Cribbs to visit her friend in Jacksonville Beach and to sell her trailer in Bunnell.  Cribs announced to her friends that after she sold her trailer and her vacation home in Summerland Key, she planned to enter the trucking business with Allen.  Cribbs reportedly sold her trailer for $4,100.

A witness outside of Cribbs’ Summerland Key home saw her exit and re-enter in the early morning of her murder.  The witness also saw Allen exit and re-enter that day around 11 a.m. 

A real estate agent entered the house around 12:30 p.m. after his knocks went unanswered and discovered Cribbs’ body lying face down in the master bedroom surrounded by a pool of blood.  Cribbs suffered from a stab wound in her neck, severing her carotid artery and subsequently causing her to bleed to death. 

The medical examiner estimated that it took Cribbs 30 minutes to bleed to death, retaining consciousness for 15 minutes.  There were also two pre-morbid stab wounds to Cribbs’ face and ligature marks found on her wrists and ankles. 

Items belonging to Allen were found at the scene, in addition to a pair of bloodstained jeans and a semen-stained towel.  Cribbs’ $8000 diamond ring was missing, as well as her $4100. 

A taxi driver testified that he drove Allen from the Buccaneer Lodge Tiki Lounge to Key Largo around 12:30 p.m. the day of the murder.  Cribbs’ car was later found abandoned at the Buccaneer Lodge Tiki Lounge.  Police recovered a trucker’s logbook belonging to Allen in Cribbs’ car, which subsequently led to his arrest in California on February 18, 1992 

Additional Information: 

Allen committed the capital felony after having escaped from a work release program in Kansas. 

DNA laboratory tests confirm that the semen found on the towel could have originated from Allen.

During the penalty phase of the trial, Allen voluntarily chose to represent himself, and was found competent by the court to do so.  He also elected not to introduce any mitigating evidence on his behalf and actually asked for the penalty of death.

Trial Summary:

02/18/92 - Defendant arrested in California.

02/26/92 - Defendant indicted for First-Degree Murder, Case # 92-30056-CF

Count I: Robbery with a Deadly Weapon

Count II: Grand Theft

Count III: Grand Theft Auto

Count IV: Kidnapping

04/14/92 - Public Defender appointed.

04/28/92 - Written plea of “not guilty” entered.

02/12/93 - The jury found the defendant guilty of First Degree Murder, as to:

Count I: Robbery with a Deadly Weapon – Acquitted

Count II: Grand Theft – Acquitted

Count III: Grand Theft Auto – Guilty

Count IV: Kidnapping – Not Guilty

02/16/93 - Upon advisory sentencing, the trial jury voted for the death penalty.

03/03/93 - The defendant was sentenced as followed:

Murder in the First-Degree – Death

Count III: Grand Theft Auto – 5 years

Case Information:

Allen filed his Direct Appeal to the Florida Supreme Court on 04/23/93.  Allen’s appeal claimed error in the admission of a familial photograph of the victim, irrelevant familial testimony, and victim impact information.  Allen also claimed that the court failed to uphold the guidelines of mitigating evidence set forth in Koon. v. Dugger, which state that upon accepting a waiver of mitigating evidence from a defendant, the defense must investigate possible mitigating factors and place them on record.  Lastly, Allen claimed the court erred in its application of pecuniary gain and HAC as aggravating factors.  The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and sentence of death on 07/20/95.

A Petition for Writ of Certiorari was filed on 01/23/96 in the United States Supreme Court, and was denied on 03/25/96. 

On 03/19/97 Allen filed a 3.850 motion in the State Circuit Court, which was denied on 12/18/01.  On 02/15/02, he filed an appeal of that decision in the Florida Supreme Court, which was affirmed on 7/10/03.

On 05/08/02, Allen filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in the Florida Supreme Court, which was denied on 07/10/03.

On 10/14/03, Allen filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in the United States District Court that is currently pending.

On 03/16/05, Allen filed a 3.853 (DNA) Motion in the State Circuit Court that was denied on 01/05/06. 

On 03/10/06, Allen filed a 3.853 Motion Appeal in the Florida Supreme Court that is pending.



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