Man who killed 8-year-old girl in 2006 to be resentenced

Must undergo resentencing based on 2016 Florida Supreme Court ruling

By Ashley Harding - Reporter, Ashley Mitchem - Reporter, anchor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man convicted of killing an 8-year-old girl in 2006 was back in a Duval County courtroom on Monday, where his status hearing was passed to Thursday. 

Rasheem Dubose, now 33, is being resentenced for the murder of DreShawna Davis. She was killed when Dubose and his two brothers went gunning for her uncle in retaliation for a robbery. Police said she died in a hail of bullets fired into his house.

Prosecutors were able to prove that a bullet fired from Dubose’s gun killed DreShawna. His brothers Terrell and Tajuane Dubose were also convicted in the killing and were sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Rasheem Dubose was sentenced to death 12 years ago, but that sentence was overturned by a Florida Supreme Court decision in 2016, which mandates that all death penalty sentences be a unanimous recommendation by the jury. Dubose’s death sentence was determined by an 8-4 vote. 

Dubose was moved from Death Row to Duval County for the hearing, which will be part of the process of him getting a new sentence. For Dubose, the only two options are going back on Death Row or life in prison.

Jacksonville-area attorney Rhonda Peoples-Waters, who wasn't involved in Dubose's case, said the resentencing process could take several weeks, if not months.

“At this point, the defense and the state will begin some type of talks and negotiations to come to an agreement,” Peoples-Waters said. "Of course, the defense is going to ask the state to consider just imposing a life sentence, but if there is not an agreement, that new process will start all over again to get the jury to make that decision.”

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