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Brett A. BOGLE





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rape - Retaliation against a witness
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: September 13, 1991
Date of arrest: Next day
Date of birth: May 1, 1969
Victim profile: Margaret Torres
Method of murder: Her head had been crushed with a piece of cement
LocationHillsborough County, Florida, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on February 15, 1993

Supreme Court of Florida

opinion 81345

DC# 110365
DOB: 05/01/69 

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, Case #91-12952
Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Susan Bucklew 
Trial Attorneys: Douglas Roberts & Paul Firmani – Assistant Public Defenders
Attorney, Direct Appeal: Robert F. Moeller – Assistant Public Defender
Attorney, Collateral Appeals: Linda McDermott – Registry

Dates of Offenses: 09/01/91 & 09/13/91

Date of Sentence: 02/15/93

Circumstances of Offense:

Brett Bogle, the defendant, was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Margaret Torres on 09/13/91.

Margaret Torres stayed with her sister, Katie Alfonso, four to five nights a week.  In June 1991, Alfonso met the defendant, and soon after, Bogle moved in with the two sisters.  Since Bogle and Torres never got along, Alfonso had to ask him to move out.  The three remained acquaintances and went out together on 09/01/91, the week after Bogle moved out. 

During the course of the evening, Bogle and Torres began to argue.  The sisters refused to let him in their house, but Bogle broke through the screen door and pushed his way past Alfonso to stop Torres from calling 911.  Bogle warned Torres that he would kill her if she told the police and pressed charges.  Bogle called Alfonso a few days after the incident and again threatened that if Torres contacted the police, she would not live to tell about it. 

On 09/13/91, Bogle ran into Torres at a local bar.  Witnesses testified that Bogle was clean and free of any visible injuries when he entered the bar and that he and Torres spoke briefly.  Torres left the bar at 1 a.m., and the defendant was seen leaving five minutes later.  When Bogle was seen 45 minutes later outside the bar, his clothes were soiled, his crotch was damp and his face was scratched.

Torres’ nude body was found the next day close to the bar.  She had been beaten severely, her head had been crushed with a piece of cement, and medical examiners found semen in her vagina and anus.  Tests confirmed that the semen matched Bogel’s DNA type, and that only 12.5 percent of white males could have left that particular type of semen.

Trial Summary:

09/14/91          Defendant arrested.

10/02/91          Defendant indicted on:

Count I:           First-Degree Murder 

Count II:          Burglary with Assault

Count III:         Retaliation Against a Witness  

Count IV:          Robbery

10/01/92          The jury found the defendant guilty on Counts I, II, & III.  Bogle was found not guilty on Count IV – Robbery.

10/02/92          Upon advisory sentencing, the jury, by a 7 to 5 majority, voted for the death penalty.

12/22/92          Order granting Motion for Retrial – Penalty Phase.

02/10/93          Upon advisory sentencing at the second penalty phase, the jury, by a 10 to 2 majority, voted for the death penalty.

02/15/93          The defendant was sentenced as followed:

Count I:           First-Degree Murder - Death

Count II:          Burglary with Assault – Life in Prison

Count III:         Retaliation Against a Witness – 5 years

Case Information:

Subsequent to his initial sentencing, Bogle was granted a new penalty phase by the Circuit Court on 12/22/92.  During the second penalty phase, the judge sentenced the defendant to death on 02/15/93.   

On 03/01/93, Bogle filed a Direct Appeal in the Florida Supreme Court.  In his appeal, Bogle cited that the court erred in allowing the State Attorney’s Office of the 13th Circuit to handle his case when that office had hired one of his defense attorneys.  Bogle also argued that the court prevented the penalty phase jury from hearing important evidence.  He also claimed that the court erred in its application of several aggravating factors.  The Florida Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and sentence of death on 02/16/95.  The mandate was issued on 07/17/95.

Bogle filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari on 09/13/95, which was denied on 11/13/95.

On 03/18/97, Bogle filed a 3.850 Motion in the State Circuit Court and amended the Motion on 07/05/00, 11/30/00, and 06/13/03.  On 03/10/04 and 04/24/06, Evidentiary Hearings were held.  The Motion is pending.


Brett A. Bogle



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