Manatee County

Manatee County, Florida criminal law news and events

Minnesota Woman Accused of Killing Bradenton Woman While Fleeing from Another Murder Investigation Apprehended in South Texas

A woman who allegedly killed a Florida woman to attempt to assume her identity while on the lam from another murder investigation involving her husband was apprehended in Texas last week. When David Riess’s body was discovered in Minnesota in […]... [Read More]

Prominent Sarasota Chiropractor Facing DUI Charges After Alleged 100-MPH Drive in Manatee County

A Sarasota chiropractor notable for a popular referral service was arrested by Manatee County deputies last week and is facing charges of drunken driving after being observed driving his sports coupe in excess of 100 miles per hour. Dr. Gary […]... [Read More]

Bradenton Man Spared Death Sentence After Guilty Verdicts in Three Slayings

A Manatee County jury took three hours to decide that the punishment appropriate to Andres “Andy” Avalos Jr.’s two first-degree murder convictions is to live out the remainder of his days inside the walls of a Florida prison. Avalos was […]... [Read More]

Bradenton Rapper Receives Sentence Commutation from President Obama

A Bradenton rapper sentenced to life in 2008 on a charge of cocaine possession was one of seventy-two recipients of a commutation from President Obama last week. Antonio Lee Alls, known in the music community as Tampa Tony, was arrested […]... [Read More]

Brunvand Wins Acquittal in Federal Murder Trial

Staring a life sentence in federal prison in the face, a St. Petersburg man is now awaiting sentencing on lesser crimes after a jury unanimously found him not guilty of murder. Corey D. Harris, a twenty-five-year-old, was acquitted after a […]... [Read More]

Brunvand to Represent Delmer Smith in Hearing Seeking New Trial

As reported this week in the Bradenton Herald, Delmer Smith will once again be in a Manatee County courtroom next week, seeking a new trial for his murder conviction in the slaying of Kathleen Briles. Bjorn Brunvand of this office […]... [Read More]

Brunvand Represents Smith in Manatee County “Spencer Hearing”

Earlier this month, criminal defense attorney Bjorn Brunvand of this office represented Delmer Smith in his Manatee County “Spencer hearing”. Smith was convicted of first-degree murder last August. A jury recommended that he be sentenced to death. A judge must […]... [Read More]

Attorney Wise Obtains Acquittal in Federal Drug Trial

Jervis Wise, an attorney here in the Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand, obtained a not guilty verdict this week for a client in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. Wise’s client was charged […]... [Read More]

Brunvand Argues for Sentencing Continuance in Manatee Murder Case

As reported in the Bradenton Herald, defense attorney Bjorn Brunvand of this office appeared before Judge Peter Dubensky in Manatee County last week, arguing for a continuance of the “Spencer hearing” and sentencing of Delmer Smith. Smith was found guilty […]... [Read More]

Brunvand Seeks Continuance in Smith Pre-Sentencing Hearing

As reported late last week in the Bradenton Herald, defense attorney Bjorn Brunvand of this office has requested a continuance on behalf of Delmer Smith III in Manatee County’s circuit court. Court convened last week to hear motions seeking MRI […]... [Read More]

Brunvand to Represent Smith in Penalty Phase of Manatee Murder Trial

Bjorn Brunvand of the Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand continues to represent Delmer Smith in a Manatee County courtroom this week as the capital murder case against Smith continues. A jury convicted Smith late last week of first-degree murder in […]... [Read More]

Brunvand Representing Smith in Manatee County Death Penalty Case

As reported in the Bradenton Herald, criminal defense attorney Bjorn Brunvand of this office is in Manatee County this week, engaged in jury selection in the trial of Delmer Smith III. Mr. Smith has been charged with the first-degree murder […]... [Read More]

Manatee County Declines to Charge Teen in New Year’s Shooting Death

The state attorney’s office for Manatee County has declined to charge 19-year-old Davell Kendricks with manslaughter for the New Year’s Day death of Rashawn Scott. According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Kendricks and Scott were playing cards with a […]... [Read More]

Three Charged in Alleged Multi-County Check Fraud Scheme

Earlier this month, a Tampa federal judge sentenced three Michigan residents for bank fraud, mail theft, and aggravated identity theft that occurred in Duval, Charlotte, Hillsborough, Manatee, Monroe, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and Seminole Counties between 2007 and 2009. […]... [Read More]