Over 100 Not Guilty Verdicts At Trial | Over 2,000 Dismissals

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Category: Violent Crimes

Hatchet Standoff Outside of Publix

May 19, 2022 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

42-year-old John Rawls has been arrested and tased by police after an altercation in Leon County. Leon County Sheriff’s Department was called to a Publix for a theft accusation. Around 12:35 pm on May 15th, police arrived to the scene at the grocery store in the 5300 block of Capital Circle Southwest. Once the deputies were able to speak to …

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Mass Shooting in New York – Most Recent Hate Crime in the U.S.

May 17, 2022 News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

This past Saturday marked a horrific mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. The suspect was an 18-year-old man who supposedly held racist motives for driving over three hours to open fire on a local supermarket. Disturbing statements from the alleged shooter were supposedly filled with hate, directed specifically towards the Black community. In addition, the shooter had been studying previous …

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New Trial Begins for Dan Markel Murder Case

May 14, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

Dan Markel, a law professor at FSU, was shot and killed in his driveway in Betton Hills in July of 2014. Although it has been almost eight years since the murder, there was just a recent arrest made and an upcoming retrial. Prosecutors believe that the killing was a murder-for-hire plot, in which Sigfredo Garcia was the alleged shooter. Garcia …

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Former Magic Player Shot and Killed

May 12, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

A former NBA player has been shot and killed in Orlando on Monday, May 9th, 2022. Adreian Payne had been previously been a member of the Orlando Magic basketball team. On Monday night around 1 am, Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a shooting at a residence on Egret Shores Drive in Orlando. When they arrived at the …

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Broward County’s Upcoming Death Penalty Cases

May 10, 2022 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

This summer marks the beginning of “capital punishment” season in Florida. The Broward County courthouse will have five different cases deciding whether defendants will go onto death row. COVID-19 is playing a large factor in the cases all happening all at the same time. Defense attorney Fred Hadded commented, “That backlog prevented all those cases from going forward, and the …

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Can Posting a Video on Snap Chat be considered a Written Threat?

May 6, 2022 Criminal Defense, Juvenile Offenses, Sex Crimes, Violent Crimes

Teenagers are often categorized as emotional, dramatic, or even illogical risk-takers. Studies show that the reason they are prone to making these types of choices is simply due to the normal development of their brain. A story by Amanda Leigh Mascarelli, explains how the constant tug of war that the teenage brain experiences is logical when considering its purpose. Teenagers …

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Charged as Adults – Bulletproof Vest Test Gone Wrong

May 4, 2022 Criminal Defense, Juvenile Offenses, Violent Crimes

Two young teens have been charged with the connection of a fatal shooting of their friend. The tragedy occurred when a group of four teens attempted to test out a bulletproof vest. Things went horribly wrong when one of the boys, Christopher Broad, 16, was shot several times in the chest, one-shot piercing through his chest and leading to his …

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It’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week!

April 29, 2022 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

Every year at the end of April, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) hosts the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The week-long event aims to recognize the efforts of professionals and volunteers who help support victims of crime all across the U.S. It is also important to ensure that all information regarding hate crimes or other trauma-related events are …

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What is Leon County’s Anatomy of a Homicide Project?

April 22, 2022 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

In November 2021, Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) published a report to outline a five-year analysis of homicides in Leon County. This report is called Anatomy of a Homicide Report the first of its kind and is aimed to help stop violent crimes across the county. A team was assembled in April 2021 to review homicide reports from 2015-2020. The …

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