Attorney Bill Eddins

‘Whatcha gonna do bad boys’ of Santa Rosa?

‘Whatcha gonna do bad boys’ of Santa Rosa?

After relations went sour with the TV show “Live PD,” Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies will be in the lime light and in television viewers’ living rooms once again. Film crews for the television series “COPS” will be following and filming Santa Rosa’s officers as they perform their tasks. Read the full article in the […]

Sunshine Law cloudy for Fairpoint Regional

Sunshine Law cloudy for Fairpoint Regional

While a recent unannounced gathering of some Fairpoint Regional Utility Service directors may appear to have violated Florida’s Sunshine Law, some are questioning their obligation to meet in public. In fact, Holley Navarre Water’s president, Bien May—who is also a Fairpoint director–when asked by a reporter recently whether the Sunshine Law applies to the boards […]

Sunshine Law complaint may go to trial

Sunshine Law complaint may go to trial

Jack Sanborn wants some light shed on allegations that he violated Florida’s Sunshine Law last June by speaking to another volunteer member of the Tourist Development Council. “I’d like to face my accuser and hear exactly what I said that supposedly violated the law,” Sanborn told the Navarre Press this week after State Attorney Bill […]

Navarre man convicted of assault, battery, fleeing

Navarre man convicted of assault, battery, fleeing

Christopher Delaine Bryant, age 29 of Navarre, was found guilty by a Santa Rosa County jury June 23. According to a release issued by State Attorney Bill Eddins, Bryant was found guilty of two counts of Aggravated Battery Upon a Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Fleeing or Attempted to Elude […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 21

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 21

OFFICER’S TRIAL DELAYED UNTIL APRIL IN MOTORIST’S SHOOTING Nouman Raja’s trial was moved Tuesday from Oct. 30 to April 2 to give both sides more time to interview potential witnesses. The 39-year-old former Palm Beach Gardens officer shot Corey Jones in October 2015. Jones’ car had broken down when he was confronted by Raja, who […]

Florida’s death penalty still under scrutiny

Florida’s death penalty still under scrutiny

In November 1988 a Milton cab driver went missing. A few days later his bloodstained cab was found hidden in some woods. The body was found 12 miles away with two shot gun wounds to the chest. Evidence showed that the man had been shot at close range inside the car. The bullet fragments were […]

Fourth shooting suspect arrested after NAACP probe

Fourth shooting suspect arrested after NAACP probe

On Feb. 4, a group of friends were gathered around a burn barrel in a Milton backyard. A familiar red car drove past then drove past again. According to witnesses, the car passenger windows rolled down and gunfire erupted, leaving Thomas Buckhalter dead and two others injured. Milton police requested warrants and arrested the three […]

Victim drops charges against Seevers

Victim drops charges against Seevers

Kimberly Ann Seevers, age 46, of Jay will not face charges for Unlawful Sexual Activity, according to State Attorney Bill Eddins. He announced Tuesday, April 4, that charges have been dismissed by the State. Seevers was charged on April 12, 2016 for the pending case.  The case was scheduled for judge trial before Circuit Judge […]

Legislation could reinstate Florida death penalty

Legislation could reinstate Florida death penalty

State Attorney Bill Eddins voiced confidence that the death penalty will be back in working order in Florida by the end of March. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Triple homicide suspect Boyette commits suicide

Triple homicide suspect Boyette commits suicide

Triple homicide suspect William “Billy” Boyette, Jr. died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday evening after officers surrounded him in a West Point, Georgia motel room said Escambia County Sheriff  David Morgan. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Florida’s death penalty in muddy waters

Florida’s death penalty in muddy waters

The death penalty is now off the table for the man accused of shooting two Milton residents to death in their home July 2014 not because of the nature of the crime, but because of chaos in the court system. Read the full article in the Jan. 26 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at […]

Hall retires as Santa Rosa’s longest serving sheriff

Hall retires as Santa Rosa’s longest serving sheriff

After 16 years of service, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Wendell Hall celebrated a long awaited retirement surrounded by family, co-workers, county officials, citizens and media members Dec. 15, during a retirement party at the Milton Auditorium. Hall has served in law enforcement for 35 years starting as a deputy in Escambia County. After 19 years […]

Holley man sentenced to 15 years for downloading child pornography

Holley man sentenced to 15 years for downloading child pornography

According to State Attorney Bill Eddins, Andrew Allan Barlow of Ginger Street in Holley was sentenced on Oct. 20 to 15 years in state prison followed by 30 years of sexual offender probation and also designated as a sexual offender.  Barlow entered a plea on Aug. 26 to 10 counts of possession of certain images […]

Trial in HBTS shooting ends in hung jury

Trial in HBTS shooting ends in hung jury

The trial of attempted murder suspect John Marshall Fitzgerald, 60, ended in a mistrial Friday, Aug. 19 after the jury could not reach an agreement. The case will be retried in the coming weeks. Fitzgerald is charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the Oct. 30, 2015, shooting of Nelson “River” […]

Hurlburt airman pleads no contest

Hurlburt airman pleads no contest

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Christopher Ryan Mullins, 23 years old, has entered a plea of No Contest to 25 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Each count carries a possible maximum of 15 years state prison.  Mullins faces up to life in prison and will be designated a sexual offender based upon […]

Second expert to determine Aydelott compentency

Second expert to determine Aydelott compentency

A court hearing with a second expert set for July 19 could decide whether Gulf Breeze native William Brandon Aydelott will finally be found competent to stand trial for murder after a nearly two-and-half-year delay. He was charged with the Christmas Eve murder of his mother, Holley-Navarre Middle school teacher Sharon Lynn Aydelott, back in […]

Fort Walton man sentenced to life

Fort Walton man sentenced to life

In a release issued by State Attorney Bill Eddins, it was announced that Michael Parish Cardelro Henry has been sentenced to life imprisonment on the charges of Kidnapping, Burglary of a Dwelling and Sexual Battery. Henry was convicted by a jury in October on charges stemming from a Jun. 1 incident in Fort Walton Beach. […]