Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Congressman Grayson and wife agree to annulment
U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson and his wife have agreed to an annulment of their 24-year marriage and are continuing talks on a settlement. The agreement was announced Tuesday by a judge in a Florida courtroom. Alan and Lolita Grayson had headed back to court for the resumption of a hearing on whether their marriage should be voided because she was married to another man when they wed. But that bigamy hearing was put on hold with the annulment announcement.
Florida prisons chief: Unaware of any further KKK activity
Florida prisons chief Julie Jones says she knows of no further Ku Klux Klan activity by Florida prison officials, beyond two guards and a former guard arrested last week on charges of plotting to kill a black inmate. But Jones told the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday that detecting extremists can be difficult because corrections officials can’t ask about job applicants’ political affiliations. She said the two guards working at the department’s Lake Butler facility when they were arrested hadn’t shown signs of their views in their work.
Judge rejects sex allegations against Prince Andrew, US lawyer
A federal judge rejected a bid by two women to join a high-profile sexual abuse lawsuit and ordered scandalous sex allegations against Britain’s Prince Andrew and a prominent U.S. lawyer removed from the court record. The ruling Tuesday involves wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. The lawsuit against the U.S. government seeks to reopen a non-prosecution agreement Epstein reached with federal prosecutors. Epstein pleaded guilty more than six years ago to state sex offenses and served a 13-month jail sentence.
3 remaining defendants in Famu hazing case set for trial
The attorneys for Aaron Golson, Benjamin McNamee and Darryl Cearnel told Judge Renee Roche on Tuesday that they were ready for trial. Roche scheduled it to begin April 20. All three men are charged with manslaughter and felony hazing in the November 2011 beating death of 26-year-old drum major Robert Champion during a brutal hazing ritual aboard a parked bus following a football game. A total of 15 former band members faced charges.
Autopsy pending in Florida Keys for Pittsburg scuba diver
Fifty-year-old Andrei Kukushkin was diving from a private vessel with friends Monday at the wreck of a former Coast Guard cutter sunk off Key Largo. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin says Kukushkin began having trouble as the group started to ascend from the wreck. Herrin says Kukushkin stopped moving and began to drift before another diver could reach him and bring him back to their boat, where his friends attempted to revive him. Kukushkin was pronounced dead at a hospital.