Florida

Criminal law news and events throughout the state of Florida

December Morning

It was late, and Gary was worried. The pre-dawn hours in central Florida are typically a peaceful prelude to just the kind of mild days the state has become known for. It was the first Friday in December, and the […]... [Read More]

Lake Placid Man Charged with Murder in Shooting of Highlands County Deputy

A Highlands County Sheriff’s deputy is dead and a Lake Placid man is in jail after a dispute that investigators said was touched off by a cat. According to deputies, Deputy William J. Gentry Jr. was dispatched to a Lake […]... [Read More]

Tallahassee Widow Indicted for Murder in Relation to Husband’s Disappearance in 2000

A Tallahassee grand jury opened a new chapter in an almost two-decade-old cold case last week when they indicted the widow of a man missing since 2000 for his murder. Denise Merrell Williams, now 48, is now facing charges in […]... [Read More]

Fatal December Motorcycle Accident Leads to DUI Charges for Port Richey Man

Pasco County authorities arrested a Port Richey man last week who they say is responsible for a December car accident that took the life of a woman on a motorcycle. Police say Patrick Lee McKinney was driving his motorcycle in […]... [Read More]

Alleged Wrong-Way Collision Yields Drunk Driving Charges for New Port Richey Man

A New Port Richey man is facing drunk driving charges after state troopers say he drove his car the wrong way on U.S. 19, ultimately leading to a head-on collision with another driver. Per the Florida Highway Patrol, Rashad Xavier […]... [Read More]

Jacksonville Man Sentenced to Death for 2013 Rape and Murder of Child

A Jacksonville man was sentenced to pay the ultimate price last week after a Duval County jury convicted him of rape and murder. In February, Donald James Smith was convicted in the 2013 rape and murder of Cherish Perrywinkle, an […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Charged with Felony Murder After Allegedly Attempting to Run Down Indian Shores Officer

Police say a St. Petersburg man attempted to run down a police officer with his car last week, prompting the officer to fire at him prior to being struck. Stephan Jon Weekley was apprehended after a sizable manhunt earlier last […]... [Read More]

Tampa Sexagenarian Charged with First-Degree Murder in Suspected September Slaying

Previously in jail for unrelated drug charges, a Tampa man was re-arrested last week and charged with murder in connection with the death of an Osceola County woman. Tampa police say James Leon “Bo” Jackson is the culprit responsible for […]... [Read More]

New DNA Evidence Leads to Release of Man Sentenced to Life for 2001 Murder

DNA evidence was the key that unlocked the door of a Florida prison cell for a man who served 17 years for a murder he maintains he didn’t commit. Last Tuesday evening Dwight “D.D.” DuBose was released from Hillsborough County […]... [Read More]

Riverview Man Facing Murder Charges after Cannabis Sale Allegedly Turns Deadly

Hillsborough County authorities say a drug deal gone wrong led to a fatal shooting earlier this month for which a Riverview man is now facing murder charges. Deputies say social media connected Samuel Shane Morrissey, Jr. and Grover Willis on […]... [Read More]

Man Charged with Two Counts of DUI Manslaughter Has History of DUI Convictions in Florida

Troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol say a man who allegedly killed a motorcyclist and rider earlier this month has a pair of prior convictions for drunk driving in his past. On the evening of April 15, Kerry “Jason” Webb […]... [Read More]

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]

Tampa Man Sentenced to Life for 2015 Murder He Allegedly Committed at Age 17

A Tampa man who was a minor when he allegedly killed a classmate will spend the rest of his natural life in a Florida prison after a Hillsborough County jury found him guilty of first-degree murder. Tampa authorities say the […]... [Read More]

Former CareerSource Employee Charged with Stealing Thousands of Dollars From Gift Cards

St. Petersburg officials say a well-tenured employee of the county’s jobs agency stole thousands of dollars in gift cards from the agency for her own personal use. Danielle Robertson stands accused by Pinellas County prosecutors of stealing $6,700 from gift […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Arrested on Courthouse Steps to Face Second-Degree Murder Charge

Within moments of leaving a Hillsborough County courtroom on a related charge of evidence tampering, a Tampa man was cuffed and hustled back to the county jail to face second-degree murder charges. Tyler Chase Bardin is accused by Hillsborough County […]... [Read More]