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MAGISTRATE WEIGHS COSTS OF DUNN’S JAIL CALLS

Journalists are arguing that fees the State Attorney’s Office wants to charge for the release of Michael Dunn’s jailhouse calls are exorbitant. Journalists are going before a magistrate in Jacksonville on Wednesday to argue the jailhouse calls should be released before the start of Dunn’s trial later this week for fatally shooting a teen outside a convenience store.

HEARING IN THEATER SHOOTING TO BE HELD IN FLORIDA

A former Tampa police captain charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of another man at a Pasco County movie theater is scheduled for a bond hearing. A judge will decide whether to grant 71-year-old Curtis Reeves bail on Wednesday. He is accused of killing 43-year-old Chad Oulson after getting into an argument over texting in the theater.

FLORIDA CRIME LAB ANALYST ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

Authorities say a former Florida crime lab analyst is under arrest on charges that he stole and sold prescription pills seized as evidence in criminal cases. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced that Joseph Graves was arrested Tuesday. It comes a day after the chemist resigned from his job at a Pensacola lab that tests drug evidence.

LAWYER SAYS TIMELY JUSTICE ACT IS UNFAIR

A lawyer for death row inmates told Florida Supreme Court justices a law meant to quicken the process of carrying out death sentences unfairly limits the opportunity for condemned prisoners to introduce new evidence. The state says the act only mandates that the process is carried out in a reasonable amount of time.

OFFICIALS: 22 CHARGED IN FLORIDA INSURANCE FRAUD RING

Authorities say 22 people have been charged in a major home insurance fraud ring operating in South Florida. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Tuesday losses from the fraud are estimated at $7.6 million. The fraud usually involved staged fires or floods at homes owned by people who were recruited by the fraud ringleaders.

Source: Associated Press

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