A petition for our friend, Octavian – not a hand out, a hand up.

Update posted by Sheila Gill On Oct 17, 2019

All,

The Evidentiary Hearing scheduled for today actually happened. Delphine and I attended the hearing. Octavian looked confident. We were expecting just one hearing to go through his motions, but it looks like we're going to have a phase II hearing sometime in November or December. Both attorneys need some time to review pleadings and motions in light of some new information raised by Octavian's attorney today. We were happy with the hearing and I have to say, the Judge is really good. She was informative, willing to hear the new information (and she doesn't have to) and she asked really good questions of the witnesses. We were both very impressed. She is fair and that's the most important thing.

If we are able to introduce the information presented by his attorney at the next Evidentiary Hearing, things will really swing in a positive direction.

Stay tuned for Phase II and thank you all for thinking of him. He appreciates the support and looks forward to thanking you himself when this is over.

Sheila


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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Oct 05, 2019

Hi everyone,

I'm worried that I sound like a broken record. I'm beginning to think the "right to a speedy trial" is a myth, but we're staying positive that the 4th time is a charm.

The hearing scheduled for June was unfortunately cancelled by opposing counsel for a personal issue and we're just now getting close to a new date.

We have another "to be set" date scheduled for October 14, 2019 and a potential Evidentiary Hearing date of October 17, 2019. "To be set" is just a date to set the date - of all things. This is the first time that they have scheduled a to be set date and a tentative Evidentiary Hearing date at the same hearing, so I'm hopeful.

So - I don't have the time since it's tentative. I will be watching the online CORE system to check status updates. Once I have a 'for certain' date, I will post an update.

Stay tuned folks and keep Octavian in your thoughts and prayers. Sitting in Duval county jail for 9 months is not what anyone expected.

Regards~

Sheila

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Thanks for walking this tough walk with Octavian and for keeping us updated, Sheila. Thinking of you, Octavian. Hang in there!

Heidi Jongquist

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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Jun 02, 2019

Well, it certainly has been a journey. This process is taking longer than we expected. The hearing has been set, cancelled and passed several times since January for various reasons. The new hearing date is set for June 20, 2019 at 1:30pm. It will be at 501 W. Adams Street, 505 5th Floor.

I'm not sure why the date keeps moving but I'm hopeful this one will stick. Del and I are planning to attend. Octavian continues to remain in good spirits. He has been in Jacksonville in the jail waiting for his trial for several months now. We're hopeful to end that soon.

I will keep everyone updated. Say a prayer, we need them.

Thanks - Sheila



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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Feb 01, 2019

Quick update folks. The Evidentiary Hearing has been rescheduled for March 19, 2019 at 1:30pm. It will be at 501 W. Adams Street, 505 5th Floor. If you're so inclined to go, I will see you there. I will continue to post any updates that may occur in the interim. Thank you again for your continued prayers for Octavian. He remains in good spirit.

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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Jan 24, 2019

All, I wanted to send out this update quickly in the event anyone was planning to attend the trial this afternoon. His attorney has advised me that the case has been passed to the week of 2/4/19. We will know the "to be set" date next week. I anticipate it will be within the next two weeks. I will keep you posted. Thanks!

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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Jan 10, 2019

All,

I am going to make this a short update, but I wanted everyone to be aware of the status of Octavian's case. As you may recall, because of your generous donations, we were able to secure Mr. Kuritz to represent Octavian in his Evidentiary Hearing. Well, the date is SET. The hearing is on 1/24/19 at 1:30pm EST. It's only 14 short days away. I am very happy that his day is finally here, but I admit, I'm anxious. Not because I am worried about the strength of his case, but simply put, this is his bite at the apple and I just want it to go the right way for him. We love him like a brother and just want him to come home.

Stay tuned.

If you're so inclined, please say a prayer for Octavian.

Thank you,

Sheila, Delphine, Heidi

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Our heartfelt prayer goes out for Octavian. May the hand of justice weighs in his favor. This my family, pray in Jesus name, Amen.

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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Nov 04, 2018

All,

Just a quick update. Delphine and I went to visit Octavian yesterday. I think people wonder about us during our visit, because we laugh so hard, all three of us. It was a good visit. He looked good and has such a positive outlook. He is staying current on his Spanish, reading, working out like crazy and writing to his family and friends. The date to set the Evidentiary Hearing is November 19th. Either Delphine or I or both of us will go to that hearing and we will meet with Mr. Kuritz to make sure that we are kept in the loop on the strategic plan for the hearing.

Time is passing quickly and it will be the end of the year before we know it. We're hoping to get back to see him again in early December. We do keep in touch with him through email too, so if anyone wants me to drop him a "hello", just shoot me an email and I will pass it along ([email protected]).

That's it folks. Just wanted to let you know that our brother from another mother is hanging in there.

Sheila

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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Oct 26, 2018

All, my apologies for the delay in providing an update. The court granted an Evidentiary Hearing! Mr. Kuritz, Octavian's attorney, will attend a hearing on 11/19 to set the date for the Evidentiary Hearing. He needs a bit of time to prepare for the hearing and won't have his entire case file until early November. We are expecting the trial date to be set for January, possibly February. As anxious as we all are to get to the hearing date, it will be critical to take the necessary time to properly prepare. There is one bite at the apple.

Things will go slow for the next few month, a lot of hurry up and wait. I will give periodic updates. We are staying in touch with Octavian through email and visits. Our next visit is November 3rd. If anyone wants to communicate with Octavian through email, just set up a JPay account and you can start emailing. Keep praying for his homecoming!

I will update again next month.

Respectfully,

Sheila


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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Oct 26, 2018

All, my apologies for the delay in providing an update. The court granted an Evidentiary Hearing! Mr. Kuritz, Octavian's attorney, will attend a hearing on 11/19 to set the date for the Evidentiary Hearing. He needs a bit of time to prepare for the hearing and won't have his entire case file until early November. We are expecting the trial date to be set for January, possibly February. As anxious as we all are to get to the hearing date, it will be critical to take the necessary time to properly prepare. There is one bite at the apple.

Things will go slow for the next few month, a lot of hurry up and wait. I will give periodic updates. We are staying in touch with Octavian through email and visits. Our next visit is November 3rd. If anyone wants to communicate with Octavian through email, just set up a JPay account and you can start emailing. Keep praying for his homecoming!

I will update again next month.

Respectfully,

Sheila


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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Sep 16, 2018

All,

I am cautiously very optimistic that Octavian will finally get his long-awaited evidentiary hearing. It's been two long years, but things have been happening that I haven't shared yet. The court required that the State respond to two of Octavian's grounds in his post-conviction relief motion. The State finally responded on 9/6/18 and although they "denied the allegations", they cite "the record does not conclusively demonstrate that the Defendant is not entitled to relief on Grounds three and four; therefore the State requests that the Court grant an evidentiary hearing on the Defendant's motion."

WOW. All I can say is wow. Now we wait for the Court to respond to see if they agree to grant an evidentiary hearing. We believe with high certainty that they will.

THANK YOU to everyone who has donated money to this campaign.

Delphine and I had a conference call with Richard Kurtiz to discuss next steps. Tomorrow, we are dropping off a $5,000 check (retainer for the evidentiary hearing) and will be signing an engagement letter with Mr. Kuritz. The money YOU contributed is what is making this possible. I can't thank everyone enough. It is so critical that Octavian is properly represented for this hearing.

Mr. Kuritz did tell us that he thought the hearing would probably not take place until early January. He will need a little time to dig through all of the evidence and prepare properly and we are in the holiday season so it will be a bit difficult to get a trial date in November/December.

IF we do well in the evidentiary hearing (and I believe we will), the next step will be a new trial. We will be stepping up funding efforts again over the next month or two once we have a better idea of what is going to happen. A new trial will be costly, but we can't let him be defended by a public defender again.

I will keep you updated once we hear back from the Court.

Say prayers for Octavian. Thank you all so much for making it possible to pay for the evidentiary hearing.

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