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In 2010, Maisonet-Maldonado killed his girlfriend and led police on a high-speed chase that resulted in the deaths of two others. He was convicted of first-degree murder, two counts each of vehicular manslaughter, and three counts of fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer causing death or serious injury. The Fifth District Court of Appeal affirmed his convictions on direct appeal. Maisonet-Maldonado filed a postconviction motion in the trial court, arguing that his convictions violate the Double Jeopardy Clauses of the U.S. and Florida Constitutions. The trial court rejected his claim. On appeal, the Fifth DCA reversed the ruling, concluding that the single homicide rule barred dual convictions for vehicular manslaughter and fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer causing death or serious injury resulting from a single death, and certified a question of great public importance to this Court for review.
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