First-Degree Murder Conviction Reversed Because Circumstantial Circumstance Did Not Show Existence of Premeditation

In Kirkland v. State, 684 So. 2d 732, 734 (Fla. 1996), this Court reversed a first-degree murder conviction, finding that the circumstantial evidence in the strangulation killing of one victim was not inconsistent with any reasonable exculpatory hypothesis as to the existence of premeditation. See 684 So. 2d at 734. Although this case involves two murders, unlike Kirkland, we find our reasoning in Kirkland to be controlling here. See id. at 735.