Five Things to Know in Florida for April 5

3RD FLORIDA MAN GUILTY FOR BURNING CROSS IN COUPLE’S YARD

Federal prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday that 56-year-old William Dennis of Port Richey pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to threaten, intimidate and interfere with an interracial couple’s enjoyment of their housing rights. Two other men previously pleaded guilty.

PROSECUTOR SEEKS DEATH PENALTY FOR MAN ACCUSED OF 2 KILLINGS

State Attorney Brad King filed notice of intent Monday to seek the death penalty in the case of Markeith Loyd. Loyd was arrested in January after a weeklong manhunt, charged in the December killing of ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon and the January slaying of Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton.

BRITISH MAN GETS CHANCE TO PROVE INNOCENCE IN ’86 KILLINGS

The attorney for 78-year-old Kris Maharaj said Tuesday a federal judge will consider his claims that new evidence shows the killings were actually committed by members of Pablo Escobar’s Medellin cocaine cartel. Several other judges have previously upheld Maharaj’s conviction. Maharaj is serving a life sentence for the slayings of Derrick and Duane Moo Young, who were gunned down in a Miami hotel room in 1986.

FLORIDA SENATE SAYS THERE SHOULD BE TIME TO PLAY IN SCHOOLS

The Senate unanimously voted Tuesday for a bill that would require elementary schools to set aside 20 minutes each day for “free-play recess.” But it’s unclear if the legislation will make it to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott. That’s because the House is moving a different bill. The House version would allow school districts to offer recess as part of physical education classes. But the legislation does not include a mandate.

2 GUILTY IN FLORIDA TERRORISM STING, 1 SET FOR OCTOBER TRIAL

Court records show 51-year-old Darren Jackson pleaded guilty Tuesday to terrorism support conspiracy in West Palm Beach federal court. Last week, 32-year-old Dayne Christian pleaded guilty to a similar conspiracy charge and also being a felon in possession of a firearm. Set for the October trial is the sting’s main target, 53-year-old Gregory Hubbard.

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