McMillian v. State, No. 81-363

CourtCourt of Appeal of Florida (US)
Writing for the CourtBASKIN
Citation409 So.2d 197
Docket NumberNo. 81-363
Decision Date02 February 1982
PartiesLarry McMILLIAN, Appellant, v. The STATE of Florida, Appellee.

Page 197

409 So.2d 197
Larry McMILLIAN, Appellant,
v.
The STATE of Florida, Appellee.
No. 81-363.
District Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District.
Feb. 2, 1982.

Page 198

Bennett H. Brummer, Public Defender and Warren S. Schwartz and Elliot H. Scherker, Asst. Public Defenders, for appellant.

Jim Smith, Atty. Gen. and Anthony C. Musto and Paul Mendelson, Asst. Attys. Gen., for appellee.

Before BASKIN, DANIEL S. PEARSON and JORGENSON, JJ.

BASKIN, Judge.

In this appeal, we are asked to determine whether a prosecutor's comment to the jury during closing argument constituted prejudicial error requiring reversal. We hold that the court's denial of defendant's Motion for Mistrial following the state's comment, "Ladies and gentlemen, after hearing the facts, if you want to let Larry McMillian walk out of here, if you want to let this kind of horrible crime go on in Dade County, Florida-", cannot be deemed harmless error. We reverse.

Mary Diack was seated in her automobile when she was approached by a black man in dark clothing who asked whether she had any jumper cables. When she responded that she did not, he asked her for a quarter to make a telephone call. As she looked for a quarter, the man put his towel-wrapped hand through the automobile window and demanded money. When Ms. Diack tried to roll up the window, the man removed her keys from the ignition and took her watch and $110. He then fled in a green Mustang.

While police were investigating the incident at the scene, a green Mustang passed by. The police chased the car, but when they reached it, no one was inside. Sometime later, the police, assisted by a dog, found defendant McMillian. Ms. Diack was allowed to view defendant McMillian, who stood handcuffed where he had been detained by police. Ms. Diack announced: "That's him, but he's changed his clothes." She indicated that her assailant had worn dark pants; McMillian was wearing beige pants.

When defendant McMillian was arrested, he had $73 in currency, $6.99 in change, Ms. Diack's watch, and causeway tokens similar to those taken from her. He testified that Willie Wright had borrowed his car to get some beer and when he returned, Willie gave McMillian the victim's watch and told him to leave the area because the police were looking for his car. On his way home, defendant drove past the place where the robbery had occurred; his automobile ran out of gas, and he was later arrested. The jury returned a verdict finding defendant...

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  • Tacoronte v. State, No. 81-867
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • September 28, 1982
    ...error did not contribute to a conviction. Chapman v. California, 386 U.S. 18, 87 S.Ct. 824, 17 L.Ed.2d 705 (1967); McMillian v. State, 409 So.2d 197 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); James v. Page 793 State, supra. Here, evidence of Tacoronte's guilt was overwhelming; the self-defense issue raised by def......
  • Thornton v. State, No. 3D02-1330.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • August 20, 2003
    ...413 So.2d 1283 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); Harper v. State, supra, 411 So.2d 852 So.2d 915 235, 236-37 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); McMillian v. State, 409 So.2d 197 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); Ruiz v. State, supra, 395 So.2d 566 (Fla. 3d DCA 1981); Porter v. State, 386 So.2d 1209, 1213-14 (Fla. 3d DCA 1980); Glass......
  • Rosso v. State, No. 85-412
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • April 14, 1987
    ...(Fla.1985); Singletary v. State, 483 So.2d 8 (Fla. 2d DCA 1985); Gomez v. State, 415 So.2d 822 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); McMillian v. State, 409 So.2d 197 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); where a prosecutor refers to testimony or items not in evidence, e.g., Vaczek v. State, 477 So.2d 1034 (Fla. 5th DCA 1985)......
  • Jackson v. State, No. 81-1729
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • October 5, 1982
    ...State, 414 So.2d 557 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); Kindell v. State, 413 So.2d 1283 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); Harper v. State, supra; McMillian v. State, 409 So.2d 197 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); Ruiz v. State, supra; Porter v. State, 386 So.2d 1209, 1213-14 (Fla. 3d DCA 1980); Glassman v. State, 377 So.2d 208 (Fl......
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20 cases
  • Tacoronte v. State, No. 81-867
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • September 28, 1982
    ...error did not contribute to a conviction. Chapman v. California, 386 U.S. 18, 87 S.Ct. 824, 17 L.Ed.2d 705 (1967); McMillian v. State, 409 So.2d 197 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); James v. Page 793 State, supra. Here, evidence of Tacoronte's guilt was overwhelming; the self-defense issue raised by def......
  • Thornton v. State, No. 3D02-1330.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • August 20, 2003
    ...413 So.2d 1283 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); Harper v. State, supra, 411 So.2d 852 So.2d 915 235, 236-37 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); McMillian v. State, 409 So.2d 197 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); Ruiz v. State, supra, 395 So.2d 566 (Fla. 3d DCA 1981); Porter v. State, 386 So.2d 1209, 1213-14 (Fla. 3d DCA 1980); Glass......
  • Rosso v. State, No. 85-412
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • April 14, 1987
    ...(Fla.1985); Singletary v. State, 483 So.2d 8 (Fla. 2d DCA 1985); Gomez v. State, 415 So.2d 822 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); McMillian v. State, 409 So.2d 197 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); where a prosecutor refers to testimony or items not in evidence, e.g., Vaczek v. State, 477 So.2d 1034 (Fla. 5th DCA 1985)......
  • Jackson v. State, No. 81-1729
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • October 5, 1982
    ...State, 414 So.2d 557 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); Kindell v. State, 413 So.2d 1283 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); Harper v. State, supra; McMillian v. State, 409 So.2d 197 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982); Ruiz v. State, supra; Porter v. State, 386 So.2d 1209, 1213-14 (Fla. 3d DCA 1980); Glassman v. State, 377 So.2d 208 (Fl......
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