Florida’s High Court Denies Death Row Inmate’s Appeal
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s high court has denied the appeal of a man scheduled to be executed next week for two 1983 slayings.
The Florida Supreme Court made its ruling on Tuesday in the case of Michael Lambrix, who was convicted of murder in the killings of Clarence Moore and Aleisha Bryant.
Prosecutors said he killed them after an evening of drinking at his trailer near LaBelle, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of Fort Myers.
Lambrix’s attorneys charged that he was denied access to the tire iron used to kill Moore and Bryant, which they said could contain exculpatory DNA evidence.
The court denied the request, saying Lambrix failed to show how DNA testing would exonerate him.
He is scheduled to be executed Oct. 5.
Paraglider Crashes Into Power Lines, Knocks Out Electricity
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A paraglider knocked out electricity in a Florida neighborhood after crashing into power lines.
St. Petersburg firefighters helped untangle the paraglider Tuesday morning after he landed in the lines.
WFLA reports the man was taken to a hospital with leg injuries, but was conscious and talking with firefighters. He apparently was shocked either when he hit the wires or hit the ground.
Power crews were called to remove the paraglider equipment from the lines.
This story has been corrected to say it was a paraglider, not parachutist, that crashed into the power lines.
Parents Arrested After Baby Nearly Dies Of Heroin Overdose
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida couple is facing felony charges after deputies say their 1-year-old girl nearly died from a heroin overdose.
Palm Beach County sheriff’s investigators say 38-year-old Charlie Hagan and 49-year-old Joseph Critelli are charged with child neglect.
The Palm Beach Post reports Tuesday the couple was arrested last week, two months after the overdose. The baby had been taken to the hospital in July and saved with a heroin antidote. Deputies say Hagan told them she had nearly died of an overdose a week earlier.
A relative had asked a judge for custody of the child two days after Hagen’s overdose but was denied. The state now has given custody to a relative.
Critelli and Hagen have been released on $3,000 bond each. Records don’t show if they have attorneys.