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.
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.
On March 27, a 51-year-old Florida man was arrested on suspicion of murder after undergoing a background and fingerprint check while applying for a job. The incident took place in Delray Beach.
New technologies are leading to the reopening of a Florida cold case from decades ago. In one case involving the murder of a 25-year-old woman in 1984, a man was arrested 35 years later due to DNA testing and the use of genetic genealogy. Pamela Cahanes was found murdered in the Orlando area only two days after her graduation from U.S. Navy basic training. She was found near an abandoned home in an unincorporated area of the state.
A 47-year-old woman was charged with aggravated battery and attempted murder on March 6 after allegedly shooting her boyfriend with a shotgun because he was snoring, according to a report from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. Reports indicate that the shooting took place in the woman's mobile home on Emerald Lake Drive near Sharpes Lake at approximately 10:20 p.m. After being taken into custody, the woman was transported to the Brevard County Jail where she is being held without bond.
A 28-year-old Florida man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the assassination-style killing of a family friend. The alleged crime took place at approximately 11:35 p.m. on Feb. 15.
Authorities in Pinellas County have arrested two sisters for murdering their own elderly father in 2015. In March of that year, the man had died in a manner that didn't cause authorities to suspect foul play. Because he was an 85-year-old cancer patient, responding paramedics had no problem believing the statements of his daughters, who initially claimed that their father had passed out exhausted after a day trip and died in his sleep.
A 30-year-old Florida man has been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, kidnapping and first-degree murder in connection with a woman who disappeared on February 9. She was last seen at a 7-Eleven in Cocoa. A few days later, her body was discovered.
On Feb. 13, a Florida rapper was arrested for allegedly murdering two of his close friends last year. He had taken to Instagram to mourn the two men shortly after their deaths in October 2018.
A Florida man has been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing his parents and brother. The bodies of the victims were discovered on Jan. 25 in their Seminole County home.