death penalty

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 5

5 FORMER PRESIDENTS TO ATTEND HURRICANE RELIEF CONCERT All five living former U.S. presidents will attend a hurricane relief concert at Texas A&M University later this month to help storm recoveries in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. George H.W Bush would be joined by his son, former President George W. Bush, and former presidents Barack […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 1

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 1

FLORIDA MAN CHARGED WITH USING CONFEDERATE FLAG AS WEAPON Police say 21-year-old Christopher Monzon threatened a crowd of about 100 people who gathered outside Hollywood City Hall Wednesday to support removing the names of Confederate generals from city streets. Monzon yelled at the demonstrators and then charged at them before officers quickly tackled him. Hollywood’s […]

I witnessed death in Florida

I witnessed death in Florida

I will never look at a yellow number two pencil the same way again. I was one of the press witnesses to the first execution to occur in Florida in more than a year. Mark Asay was put to death for the murders of Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell via lethal injection Aug. 24. […]

Florida’s death penalty is back

Florida’s death penalty is back

“Mr. Asay, do you have any final words?” the man in the suit asked. He had a small microphone leading from his ear down into the collar of his shirt and a Florida Department of Corrections pin shimmered on his lapel. The man strapped down on the pale blue gurney replied promptly. “No sir, I […]

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 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 7

DEAL FOR BECKHAM’S MIAMI SOCCER STADIUM LAND GETS APPROVAL Commissioners in Miami-Dade County have approved a deal to sell Beckham’s group nearly three acres of county land, which would become the last piece in a nine-acre site for a planned 25,000-seat stadium. Beckham’s group will pay just over $9 million for the land in the […]

Death penalty fix fast tracked by Florida legislature

Death penalty fix fast tracked by Florida legislature

After a year of uncertainty, Florida’s death penalty law is back on track with passage of a bill intended to correct a flaw in the current statute. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Capital punishment back on solid ground

Capital punishment back on solid ground

As the Florida Legislature inches closer to correcting the state’s death-penalty law, the Florida Supreme Court has voted to allow capital-punishment cases to proceed in a reversal of an earlier ruling. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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.

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 10

$750,000 BOND FOR WOMAN ACCUSED IN FLORIDA, ALABAMA KILLINGS Mary Rice made her first court appearance via video Thursday afternoon in Santa Rosa County, where she’s charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. The 37-year-old woman was extradited from Georgia to Florida Wednesday. She also faces murder charges in neighboring Escambia County, Florida, […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 7

FINAL EL FARO INVESTIGATIVE HEARINGS FOCUS ON SHIP SAFETY Capt. Raymond Thompson, a former chief mate on the El Faro, testified Monday that he was not sure if life jackets were stored on the bridge as required. The 790-foot El Faro sank on Oct. 1, 2015 after losing propulsion in a hurricane while traveling from […]

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 […]

Evaluation finds Aydelott competent to stand trial

Evaluation finds Aydelott competent to stand trial

After three years, 20-year-old William Brandon Aydelott may finally stand trial for the brutal Christmas Eve murder of his mother Sharron Aydelott. At a June 2 hearing, the judge granted a defense attorney request for another doctor to evaluate Aydelott before his case goes to trial. Dr. Scott Benson had not finished his official report […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 10

1 YEAR AND A DAY IN PRISON FOR THREATENING FLORIDA MOSQUES The Justice Department reported 43-year-old Martin Alan Schnitzler’s sentencing in a news release Monday. He pleaded guilty in February to obstructing persons in the free exercise of religious beliefs. He had faced up to 20 years in prison. LEAPING STURGEON KNOCKS BOATER UNCONSCIOUS ON […]

Death penalty upheld for Pensacola woman

Death penalty upheld for Pensacola woman

The Florida Supreme Court May 15 upheld the conviction and death penalty sentence imposed against 43-year-old Tina Brown of Pensacola. The State Attorney’s Office reports that Brown was convicted of the March 2010 kidnapping and brutal murder of a 19-year-old Pensacola woman. Read more in the May 29 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.