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DEAD SUSPECT NAMED IN MISSING FLORIDA STUDENT CASE
Detectives have identified a suspect in the 1989 disappearance of a University of Florida student. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office is set to announce that Paul Rowles is the prime suspect in the case of Tiffany Sessions, who disappeared while going for an evening walk 25 years ago Sunday. She was 20. Authorities have linked her case to Rowles, a serial killer who died in prison last year.
OPENINGS IN THE LOUD MUSIC KILLING
Prosecutors say witnesses will testify that a Florida man on trial for murder intended to kill a teen outside a convenience store after an argument over loud music. Prosecutor John Guy told jurors during opening statements Thursday that 17-year-old Jordan Davis posed no threat to Michael Dunn and that there was no weapon in Davis’ vehicle.
FLORIDA CABINET MEETS AT STATE FAIR
Gov. Rick Scott formally opened the Florida State Fair and held a cabinet meeting on the Tampa fairgrounds as a way to highlight the state’s agricultural heritage. Scott, along with Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, met for three hours on Thursday morning after formally opening the Florida State Fair, which runs through Feb. 17.
MAN DIES IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY JAIL
A prisoner was found dead in the Hillsborough County Jail on Wednesday. Jail officials had observed the inmate in his cell within an hour of his death. But he was found hanging by a bedsheet and was pronounced dead a short time later.
WOMAN DIES OF FLU IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
A Brevard County woman has died of the flu after being on a ventilator for more than a month. Health officials say it’s the third flu death in the county. Two others, including a woman in her 20s, died in January.
The Associated Press