Florida: 5 Things To Know For September 26

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

OPENING REMARKS START IN LOUD MUSIC KILLING CASE

Prosecutors Thursday described a white Florida man accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager during an argument over loud music as a cold killer who fired multiple times into an SUV. His defense countered during his retrial that the man felt threatened and fired in self-defense. Michael Dunn, 47, is on trial for a second time, charged with first-degree murder in the November 2012 killing of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old from Marietta, Georgia.

2 MORE SETS OF REMAINS FROM REFORM SCHOOL IDENTIFIED

Researchers have identified two more sets of remains buried on the grounds of a former Florida Panhandle reform school for over a half-century, the team announced Thursday. The University of South Florida team said it has identified the remains of 13-year-old Thomas Varnadoe and 12-year-old Earl Wilson, who both died while confined at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.

SUSPECT CAUGHT IN MIAMI HOTEL CARJACKING

Police arrested a man suspected of carjacking a woman and then injuring several people outside the J.W. Marriott hotel in downtown Miami as he fled. Authorities say they tracked 50-year-old Albert Ruiz to a Miami motel Wednesday night and used a stun gun when he resisted arrest. He was taken to a hospital.

MAN CRUSHED TO DEATH BY FORKLIFT IN TAMPA

A man has died after being crushed by a forklift at a Tampa steel supply company. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says the incident occurred early Thursday at Infra-Metals as 51-year-old Ricardo McCalop was operating a forklift carrying a heavy steel beam. According to officials, McCalop was moving the beam when it struck a pile of beams, causing the beam on the forklift to shift. The forklift tilted and fell on top of the man.

MAN CONVICTED IN TERRORISM PLOT DEPORTED TO HAITI

One man described as a soldier in a terrorism plot to destroy Chicago’s Sears Tower and bomb FBI offices has been deported to Haiti. Patrick Abraham was convicted in Miami in 2009 in the third trial of the case following a pair of mistrials. Each was sentenced to less than a decade behind bars. Two of seven original suspects were acquitted. The plot never got past the discussion stage.

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