A Florida jury deliberated for about five hours before finding a 26-year-old man guilty of murdering a 21-year-old woman in 2017. During the weeklong trial, forensic experts told the jury that the woman died after being stabbed 21 times in the West Palm Beach home she shared with the man. Following the verdict, the judge sentenced the man to life in prison in accordance with Florida's strict mandatory sentencing laws.
A Florida man is facing first-degree murder charges after police discovered the bodies of two women in his luxury condo in Miami. The 46-year-old defendant allegedly confessed to the murders during a separate investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
A 32-year-old Florida man who police believe committed a murder in Miami Beach in April has been taken into custody in New York. The man is alleged to have used a sword to take the life of a 77-year-old man. Police have not revealed a possible motive for the crime, but they do say the man may have worked for a short time as the victim's caregiver.
What began as a missing person's investigation turned into a murder investigation when Alachua County Sheriff's deputies found the Florida man's body on County Road 234 near Micanopy. After locating the victim's car at an apartment complex in southwest Alachua County, authorities found a portable GPS device. Its data about the man's last trips in the vehicle revealed the address of a man who has now been charged with first-degree murder. The victim had apparently gone to that address about a month before he was reported missing.
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.
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.