Florida: 5 Things To Know For April 24
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
JUDGE DELAYS TRIAL IN LOUD MUSIC KILLING CASE
A judge has ruled to delay the trial indefinitely for a Florida man accused of murdering a teenager during an argument over loud music. Acting Circuit Judge Russell Healey agreed Wednesday to a request from Michael Dunn's new attorneys to push back the May 5 trial. Dunn is charged with murdering 17-year-old Jordan Davis outside a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012. The two had argued over loud music coming from the SUV Davis was sitting in along with three friends.
FLORIDA GOVERNOR SNARED IN GOP IMMIGRATION DEBATE
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is finding out that dealing with immigration issues can be a hard sell to fellow Republicans. Scott entered the 2014 annual session of the Florida Legislature with a limited number of priorities. But Scott is now demanding that the Florida Senate vote on a bill that would offer a tuition break to some children who entered the country illegally. The proposal has pitted Republicans against each other.
BIEBER TRIAL DELAYED ON DUI, OTHER CHARGES TO JULY
A South Florida judge has delayed the trial of pop star Justin Bieber on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license until July. Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield on Wednesday granted a motion for a postponement sought by Bieber's lawyers. The trial was delayed from May 5 to July 7.
FLORIDA PASSES BILL TO MAKE KILLING FETUSES A CRIME
Killing or injuring a fetus at any stage of development would be a crime under a bill passed by the Florida Legislature. The Florida Senate voted 25-14 for the bill that expands a current law, which allows for murder or manslaughter charges if a fetus dies after it has developed to a point where it can survive outside the womb.
SENATE AMENDS JUVENILE SENTENCING BILL
The Florida Senate has amended a bill from the House that re-works mandatory life sentences for juveniles. The bill passed 36-0 Wednesday and was sent back to the House. The bill (HB 7035) would bring Florida law in line with a U.S. Supreme Court 2012 ruling that says that life without parole for juveniles violates the Constitution's ban against cruel and unusual punishment, leaving Florida law in need of an update.