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Prosecutors to seek death penalty against rapper

Prosecutors in Florida have announced that they will seek the death penalty against a hip-hop star accused of committing two murders. Jamell Demons, who is more widely known as YNW Melly, has been charged with gunning down two men in Miramar in October 2018. The 19-year-old rapper, who is currently free while he awaits trial, maintains his innocence and has vowed on social media to mount a vigorous defense in court.

Florida man charged after 2001 murder case is reinvestigated

A Florida man has been charged with a murder that took place in the fall of 2001. The incident, which occurred on Sanctuary Drive in New Port Richey in Pasco County, involved a man who had been beaten to death with a baseball bat. He had gone to visit a new home construction site to assist a friend with financial issues related to the project. At the time, law enforcement officials did focus on the same suspect, but they lacked sufficient evidence to make an arrest.

3 men arrested for Ponzi scheme after settling civil SEC case

At least 700 people in Florida were invested in real estate acquired by the Woodbridge Group of Companies until its financial collapse. The aftermath of the company's bankruptcy filing revealed a Ponzi scheme that cost investors $1.3 billion. The company's former CEO along with two senior executives have been arrested on federal charges of wire and mail fraud and money laundering.

Florida Waffle House shooting captured on surveillance video

The generosity of a customer at a Waffle House restaurant in Gainesville triggered an altercation that led to the death of a 41-year-old man. According to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, surveillance cameras in the restaurant recorded the entire episode that culminated in a 25-year-old man shooting the other man to death.

Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Florida fans of "Desperate Housewives" heard many apologies from actress Felicity Huffman, former star of the series, after she entered guilty pleas in the college admission scandal. She accepted responsibility for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud and provided a public statement. Huffman expressed shame for her choice to pay a bribe to improve her daughter's SAT score. She apologized specifically to honest parents who sacrifice to help their hard-working children enter college.

Florida facility owner convicted in health care fraud case

A Florida man has been convicted in a Medicare and Medicaid fraud case for allegedly billing over $1.3 billion in false claims to the government-run health care programs. The 50-year-old man's trial ran for eight weeks and included extensive testimony on the nature of the allegations in the case. He was accused of billing both programs for services that were never provided to patients, were not medically needed or which were provided through kickback payments. The man has not yet been sentenced.

Florida police say Gifford home was a drug and gun den

Police in Florida have reported that a large cache of weapons, illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were discovered during the search of a Gifford home on March 29. A 38-year-old man has been taken into custody in connection with the seized items and is being held without bond at the Indian River County Jail. A Indian River County Sheriff's Office representative said that the investigation into the man's alleged activities began after members of the office's Special Investigations Unit made two undercover narcotics purchases from him.

Two men cleared of murder after wrongful conviction

Two men in Florida have finally received justice after 42 years of imprisonment. The 76-year-old and 61-year-old men, an uncle and nephew, had their convictions vacated on March 28 after prosecutors filed a request. Prosecutors said that they were no longer convinced of the men's responsibility for the murder of which they were convicted. The two are the first people to be cleared of a wrongful conviction after the state attorney's office announced that it would review such claims. This marks the first statewide Florida effort to address false convictions.


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