Deficits In Adaptive Functioning of Criminal Defendants

In Jones v. State, 966 So. 2d 319, 326 (Fla. 2007) the Supreme Court of Florida held that competent, substantial evidence supported the trial court's determination that Jones did not suffer from deficits in adaptive functioning. Among other things, the Court emphasized that Jones's "language skills in writing, speaking, and other intellectual skills are strong in light of his dropping out of school at an early age" and that before committing the murders "Jones traveled alone, lived in several states, and supported himself through various jobs." Moreover, "Jones had girlfriends at various times and for several years lived with a 'common law wife,' as he correctly termed her." Id.