5 Things to Know in FL for March 11

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‘Stand Your Ground’ Legislative Testimony

The Rev. Al Sharpton led several hundred people on a march to the state Capitol on Monday to protest Florida’s “stand your ground” law. Among the marchers were Trayvon Martin’s father and the family of Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a gun near her estranged husband. Florida law says people who are not involved in illegal activity have the right to stand their ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if they reasonably believe it’s necessary to avoid death or great bodily harm.

Michael Dunn In Court For Sentencing Hearing

A Florida man convicted of attempted murder in a confrontation over loud music will have to wait until at least Friday to see if a judge sentences him or waits until after the 47-year-old software developer’s retrial on first-degree murder. Jurors deadlocked last month on the murder charge against Michael Dunn in the shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Prosecutors have vowed to retry him on the count.

Nearly 125,000 Vote Early In Florida Special Election

Some 125,000 people have cast early votes in Pinellas County’s special election to fill the late Congressman Bill Young’s seat. That is about 26 percent of eligible voters in the county. The election, set for Tuesday, has garnered national attention.

Mom Blames Husband After Driving Kids Into Ocean

A new police report says the first thing a pregnant South Carolina woman said after driving a minivan carrying her three young children into the ocean surf off Florida was that she was abused by her husband. The report released Monday says a Daytona Beach safety officer asked Ebony Wilkerson if she was injured after she swerved the car into the ocean last week. Wilkerson responded with the abuse allegation.

Florida Man Found Incompetent To Stand Trial

A southwest Florida man has been deemed incompetent to stand trial for the slayings of six members of his family. Mesac Damas was found incompetent by two doctors who evaluated him. An April 7 case management has been set to iron out future court dates. Prosecutors say he slit the throats of his wife and five young children in September 2009.

The Associated Press


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