Federal Court of Appeals Reinstates Crosley Green Conviction for 1989 First Degree Murder in Brevard County
By Space Coast Daily // March 15, 2022
Green had been convicted of First-Degree Felony Murder, two counts of Kidnapping, and two counts of Robbery with a Firearm
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued an opinion overturning the Writ of Habeas Corpus granted by the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida in July of 2018, in the matter of Crosley Alexander Green.
The Writ would have required the State to either conduct a new trial, or waive further prosecution.
The Florida Attorney General’s Office filed an appeal to the 11th DCA in August of 2018, that resulted in yesterday’s decision.
With the ruling by the 11th DCA, Green’s conviction has been reinstated and the State Attorney for the 18th Judicial District jurisdiction over the case concluded.
Green had been convicted of First-Degree Felony Murder, two counts of Kidnapping, and two counts of Robbery with a Firearm in connection to the death of 22-year-old Charles “Chip” Flynn and kidnapping robbery of Kim Hallock in 1989.
He was originally sentenced to death, a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court converted Green’s sentence to life in prison.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling means that the lower court wrongly overturned Green’s conviction, Green may have to go back to prison.
Green’s attorneys released the following statement:
“Mr. Green is innocent; he was wrongfully convicted and deserves a new, and this time, a fair trial. Our fight for justice for Mr. Green will not be over until he is exonerated. There are various ways we can appeal this ruling, and we plan on doing just that.”
A judge released Green from prison last spring under house arrest as the state appealed the ruling.
There is a mandatory 30 day period before the 11th DCA’s ruling becomes final and State Attorney for the 18th Judicial District office will reserve further comment while the matter remains open before the Court.
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