Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Defense calls 1 witness, rests in Florida A&M hazing trial
Defense attorneys have rested in the trial of three former Florida A&M band members on trial for the hazing death of a drum major. The attorneys for the former band mates only called a single witness on Thursday. The witness was a former band member who testified she saw two of the defendants in the front of the bus while 26-year-old Robert Champion was undergoing the hazing ritual in the back of the bus. None of the defendants took the witness stand.
Universal Orlando makes metal detectors permanent
Visitors will have to pass through metal detectors placed outside three roller coasters to deter them from taking keys, phones, loose change and other items on the rides. The Orlando theme park tested the metal detectors last month in an effort to keep visitors safe from flying objects. They have decided to make the fixtures permanent. Guest can store items in free lockers stationed at the rides.
Supreme Court reduces death sentence for Tampa cop’s killer
A man who killed a Tampa police officer will have his death sentence reduced to life without parole. The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a death sentence wasn’t appropriate for Humberto Delgado Jr., who fatally shot Tampa police Cpl. Mike Roberts in 2009. The court said aggravating circumstances in the case were disproportional to mitigating circumstances, which included Delgado’s mental state when he committed the crime.
Florida Senate passes bill to ban revenge porn
Revenge porn could soon be illegal in Florida. The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would make it illegal to post online sexually explicit photos and videos of someone without their consent. The measure (SB 538) takes aim at people who seek to get back at exes by posting images they took during better times and were meant to remain private.
Florida Senate votes to ban powdered alcohol for 2 years
Powdered alcohol would be banned in Florida for two years under a bill passed by the Senate. The Senate passed the bill Thursday on a 35-2 vote. It would make it illegal to sell, possess or use powdered alcohol. Powdered alcohol was given federal approval last month but has yet to hit stores. Still, at least several states have banned the product or are considering bans. Powdered alcohol can be mixed with water to create cocktails.