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Richard Harold ANDERSON





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robberies
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: 1972 / 1987
Date of birth: 1948
Victims profile: ??? / Robert Grantham
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Florida, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on February 26, 1988

The United States Court of Appeals
For the Eleventh Circuit

opinion 06-10122

Florida Supreme Court


Richard Harold Anderson, Appellant, vs. State of Florida, Appellee. 574 So. 2d 87

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

ANDERSON, Richard (W/M)

DC# 042115
DOB: 04/29/48

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, Case #87-8047
Sentencing Judge: The Honorable M. Wm. Graybill
Trial Attorneys: William Fuente & Mark Ober Ė Private
Attorney, Direct Appeal: Paul Helm Ė Assistant Public Defender
Attorney, Collateral Appeal: Robert Strain & Carol Rodriguez Ė CCRC-M

Date of Offense: 05/07/87

Date of Sentence: 02/26/88

Circumstances of Offense:

Richard Anderson, the defendant, was convicted and sentenced to death for the May 7, 1987, murder of Robert Grantham. 

Robert Grantham reportedly offered Connie Beasley, the defendantís girlfriend, a large sum of money in exchange for sexual favors.  Beasley rejected the proposal and told Anderson of Granthamís offer. 

Anderson believed Grantham was a rich man and knew he would be returning home from a gambling trip to Las Vegas with his winnings.  Anderson instructed Beasley to agree to spend one night with Grantham for $10,000.  Beasley was told to get Grantham intoxicated, and Anderson would then rob him.

On May 7, 1987, after dinner and drinks, Beasley brought Grantham back to Andersonís apartment.  Anderson arrived at the apartment later in the evening under the pretense of returning Beasleyís car and then needing a ride home.  

Grantham agreed to drive him, but Anderson insisted that Beasley accompany them.  While in the car, Anderson shot Grantham four times in the head from the back seat, and then proceeded to dump his body in a wooded area.  Connie Beasley was sitting on the front passenger side when Grantham was shot. 

Anderson abandoned Granthamís car at the Tampa Airport and returned with Beasley to his apartment.  After rummaging through Granthamís belongings, Anderson and Beasley only found $2,600.

Additional Information: 

Richard Anderson was convicted and sentenced to 20 years for First Degree Premeditated or Attempted Murder in Pinellas County on 05/29/74.  Anderson was an accomplice in this crime.

Codefendant Information:

Connie Beasley was convicted of Third-Degree Murder, and sentenced to one year and one day in prison.

Trial Summary:

07/15/87          Defendant indicted for First-Degree Murder

02/17/88          The jury found the Defendant guilty of First-Degree Murder.

02/18/88          Upon advisory sentencing, the trial jury, by an 11 to 1 majority, voted for the death penalty.

02/26/88          The Defendant was sentenced to death for First-Degree Murder.

Case Information: 

Anderson filed his Direct Appeal to the Florida Supreme Court on 03/21/88.  Andersonís appeal claimed the court erred when it neglected to dismiss his indictment that was based on the perjured grand jury testimony of Connie Beasley.  Anderson also contended that the court erred when it allowed testimony that violated the hearsay rule.  All of the claims that Anderson entered were rejected. 

The Supreme Court affirmed the conviction and sentence of death on 01/03/91.

A Petition for Writ of Certiorari was filed on 05/28/91 in the United States Supreme Court and was denied on 10/07/91. 

On 10/12/92, Anderson filed 3.850 Motion in the Circuit Court, which was dismissed on 10/14/92.

Anderson filed a 3.850 Appeal in the Florida Supreme Court on 12/04/92.  On 10/28/93, the appeal was remanded to the Circuit Court to pursue Andersonís request for public records.

Anderson filed an amended 3.850 Motion in the Circuit Court on 02/28/94.  The motion was amended a second time on 05/27/97, and again a third time on 11/19/99.  The motion was denied on 08/25/00.

On 01/04/01, Anderson filed an appeal of the 3.850 Motion denial in the Florida Supreme Court.  The Florida Supreme Court affirmed the denial of Andersonís 3.850 Motion on 06/13/02.

On 07/14/03, Anderson filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in the United States District Court that was denied on 12/05/05.

Anderson filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus Appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, on 12/30/05 that is pending.


Richard Harold Anderson



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