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DEPUTIES: FLORIDA MAN KILLED WIFE AND KIDS, THEN SELF
Deputies say a Florida man shot his wife and two teenage children at the upscale home they rented, then set the house ablaze before killing himself. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Col. Donna Lusczynski said at a news conference Friday that Darrin Campbell had purchased fireworks, gas cans and gasoline in the days before the family was killed.
FLORIDA MOM LASHES OUT DURING TRIAL FOR KILLING TEENS
A Tampa woman on trial in the slaying of her two teenage children yelled, “Liar!” at a psychiatrist who was testifying that he had told her not to drink while taking drugs to control her bipolar disorder. Julie Schenecker lashed out Friday at Dr. Demian Obregon after he said he had warned her that the alcohol-drugs combination could be deadly. Judge Emmett Battles immediately stopped the trial, ordered the jury out and admonished Schenecker.
COMPOSER OF FSU FIGHT SONG DIES AT 95
Florida State officials say retired music professor Tommie Wright died Thursday after a short illness. Wright joined the faculty as a music professor in 1949 and composed the music for the “FSU Fight Song” in 1950. Wright taught more than 58,000 students during his time at the university.
NEW CHARGES LIKELY IN FLORIDA TERROR CASE AFTER SUSPECTS ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING US MARSHALS
Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Gilbert said at a hearing Friday a grand jury is hearing evidence about the accusations against defendants Sheheryar and Raess Alam Qazi. They have pleaded not guilty to charges of plotting to blow up New York City landmarks to avenge deadly U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan. Last month, authorities say the brothers attacked two deputy U.S. marshals at a facility where they view classified evidence.
FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPER MOURNING COLLEAGUE KILLED IN CRASH WANTS FLORIDA TO RECONSIDER PROPOSAL TO RAISE HIGHWAY SPEED LIMIT
Gov. Rick Scott joined hundreds of law enforcement officers at the funeral Thursday for Master Trooper Chelsea Richard. She died along with two others May 3 after they were struck by a vehicle while standing alongside Interstate 75 near a traffic accident. During the funeral, Trooper Tod G. Cloud told Scott that the Florida Legislature’s approval of a bill that would raise the speed limit from 70 mph to 75 mph “wasn’t a bright idea.”
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