Keithv.State

FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL STATE OF FLORIDAJun 28, 2019
No. 1D18-1494 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. Jun. 28, 2019)

No. 1D18-1494

06-28-2019

MARIO ANTEZ KEITH, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee.

Andy Thomas, Public Defender, and Pamela D. Presnell, Assistant Public Defender, Tallahassee, for Appellant. Ashley Moody, Attorney General, and Steven Edward Woods, Assistant Attorney General, Tallahassee, for Appellee.


On appeal from the Circuit Court for Holmes County.
Timothy Register, Judge.

Appellant claims he is entitled to a new trial because the trial court erred in granting the State's request to strike a juror for cause. We find Appellant's argument meritless, because he failed to preserve the argument by objecting before the jury was sworn. Carratelli v. State, 961 So. 2d 312, 318 (Fla. 2007) (requiring counsel to renew an objection before the jury is sworn); Zach v. State, 911 So. 2d 1190, 1204 (Fla. 2005) (finding waiver absent a timely objection before the jury is sworn). Absent the required objection, this issue was waived below and is not preserved for appeal. Appellant has not argued or demonstrated fundamental error. We therefore affirm his conviction and sentence.

AFFIRMED. ROWE, BILBREY, and KELSEY, JJ., concur.

Not final until disposition of any timely and authorized motion under Fla . R. App. P. 9.330 or 9.331. Andy Thomas, Public Defender, and Pamela D. Presnell, Assistant Public Defender, Tallahassee, for Appellant. Ashley Moody, Attorney General, and Steven Edward Woods, Assistant Attorney General, Tallahassee, for Appellee.