crime

Social Media
2:34 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

I Just Killed My Wife, Miami Man's Facebook Page Says

Derek Medina in a booking photo taken by the Miami-Dade Police Department.
handout Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:10 am

"I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. Love you guys. Miss you guys. Take care. Facebook people you'll see me in the news."

The Miami Herald and other news outlets are reporting that 31-year-old Derek Medina of South Miami apparently posted that Facebook message Thursday morning, along with a photo of a woman's "twisted, bloodied body lying on a linoleum floor."

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Crime
5:31 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Governor, Cabinet Approve Search For Bodies At Dozier

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., talks to reporters at the closed Dozier School for Boys in March with University of South Florida forensic anthropologist Erin Kimmerle (left) and Wansley Walters, secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
Credit Bill Cotterell / Reuters/Landov

As expected, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday authorized a year-long dig for human remains at a closed Panhandle reform school, saying the state cannot ignore abuse that went on for decades.

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Politics
11:46 am
Tue August 6, 2013

FBI Arrests Mayors Of Miami Lakes, Sweetwater On Bribery Charges

City of Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroaño at a press conference at Hialeah City Hall on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.
Credit Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald

FBI agents Tuesday arrested the mayors of Miami Lakes and Sweetwater on bribery-related charges.

Agents arrested Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi and Sweetwater Mayor Manuel “Manny” Marono at their City Hall offices.

Pizzi and Maroño are expected to have their first appearances in Miami federal court Tuesday afternoon.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Gov. Scott, Cabinet Expected To Approve Removal Of Bodies At Dozier

Meredith Tise, a graduate anthropology student at the University of South Florida, measures the depth of a trench dug at the site of the cemetery last May, as the university looks for signs of unmarked graves.
Credit Edmund D. Fountain / MCT/Landov

University of South Florida researchers have gone over the head of the state agency secretary who denied their request to exhume human remains from gravesites at the closed Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet are expected to approve a land-use agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection that will give the researchers one year to search for reportedly unaccounted-for bodies of boys who died between 1900 and 1952 at the one-time "high risk" reform school.

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Crime
7:49 am
Wed July 31, 2013

In Florida, A Clash Over Exhuming Bodies At Reform School

Metal crosses mark graves at the cemetery of the former Arthur Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla. Investigators in Florida using ground-penetrating radar and soil samples say there are nearly 100 unmarked graves on the grounds.
Michael Spooneybarger Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 12:32 pm

Researchers at the University of South Florida are fighting with the state over access to the grounds of a now-closed reform school.

For decades, the Dozier School for Boys was notorious for the harsh treatment boys received there. Now, a forensic anthropologist and her team want permission to exhume dozens of bodies they found in unmarked graves, but are meeting resistance from state officials.

White House Boys

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Crime
8:05 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Gunman, Six Others, Killed In Florida Apartment Standoff

Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 9:05 am

A Florida gunman seized hostages and killed six people in an eight-hour standoff at an apartment complex that ended early Saturday when a SWAT team stormed the building and fatally shot the assailant.

The deadly incident occurred in Hialeah, a town just a few miles north of Miami. Police were quoted by The Associated Press as saying the bodies of three women and two men were found at the scene and that another man had been killed nearby. Two hostages were unharmed.

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Americas
6:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

How The Most Violent Places On Earth Benefit Miami

South Florida has benefited from the combination of Latin America's financial wealth and its criminal scourge as immigrants transfer new wealth to the United States.
Credit seguridadjusticiaypaz.org.mx

Latin America and the Caribbean is a region of stark paradoxes, and that has never been truer than in the past decade: Even as the continent enjoys one of its most dynamic economic booms, it’s suffering one of the worst violent crime crises in its history.

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Session 2013
9:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Death Penalty Bill Dead For The Session

OPPONENTS: State Reps. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and Matt Gaetz. Gaetz' committee killed her anti-capital punishment bill.

State lawmakers will not  decide whether to abolish the death penalty this year. Rejecting cost, fairness and morality arguments, a House criminal justice subcommittee on Thursday voted down a bill to abolish capital punishment in Florida.

The vote was largely along party lines, with the majority Republicans voting in favor of preserving the death penalty.

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Capital Punishment
7:40 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Florida's Surging Death Penalties Buck Trend

NEW MISSION: Exonerated after 12 years on Florida's death row, Freddie Lee Pitts became an activist.
Credit deathpenaltyphotos.org

Texas executed 15 convicts in 2012, the most of any state, according to an end-of-year report from the Death Penalty Information Center.

But Florida led the nation with new death sentences for the year: 21, more than twice as many as Texas. California, with 14 death sentences, was the only other state to achieve a double-digit performance.

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Cold Case
9:58 am
Wed December 19, 2012

'In Cold Blood' Killers Exhumed For Clues To Sarasota County Family Massacre In 1959

THE OTHER VICTIMS: Cliff and Christine Walker of Sarasota County and their children were murdered in 1959.
Credit uncredited

The bodies of "In Cold Blood" killers Perry Smith and Richard Hickock have been exhumed in Kansas for DNA samples that could tie them to murders of a Sarasota County family.

The men were hanged for killing Herb and Bonnie Clutter and their children in Holcomb, Kan., in 1959.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

In Doubt: The Psychology Of The Criminal Justice System

09/04/12 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents is with USC psychology and law professor Dan Simon, author of In Doubt: The Psychology Of The Criminal Justice System.  Why do victims and eyewitnesses identify innocent people as crime perpetrators? DNA results show that some suspects confess to crimes they didn’t commit.  Simon bemoans that juries are often given erroneous testimony during trials and are subject to human cognition failure.

Under the Sun
3:11 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Front-Row Seat To Death Row execution

Death Row inmate Manuel Valle was executed via lethal injection for the murder of Coral Gables Police Officer Louis Pena in 1978.
Renjith Krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Before his execution by lethal injection in Florida State Prison on September 28, Manuel Valle had spent 33 years on Death Row for killing Coral Gables Police Officer Louis Pena in 1978 and wounding another officer during a traffic stop. Valle was driving a stolen car and ran a red light. Officer Pena pulled him over and was subsequently shot in the neck. Valle fled, but was caught two days later.

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Under the Sun
1:46 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Finding Solace, A New Life In Miami

WLRN

On September 11, 2001, Tanya Villanueva Tepper’s fiancé, Sergio Villanueva, was one of the 343 New York City firefighters who didn’t make it out of the World Trade Center. Tanya is featured in the new documentary,Rebirth, which follows five people affected by those attacks, over the course of the last decade. The film airs Sunday on Showtime on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Tanya now lives in Miami, where she has found solace and a new life. She spoke with Under the Sun co-host Alicia Zuckerman.

Under the Sun
1:22 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Fugitives On The Run, Bondsmen On The Hunt

Diaz questions occupants inside a house in Homestead.
Colby Katz / Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

If you ever find yourself charged with a crime, a bail bondsman can be your best friend. When a judge sets bail and the defendant doesn’t have the money to pay, the bondsman posts the money in exchange for an upfront fee – usually 10 percent of the bond amount – and property as collateral. All the defendant has to do is show up to court.
 

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Under the Sun
2:49 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

A Lesson In Civic Duty

Renjith Krishnan / Freedigitalphotos.net

Getting a jury summons in the mail is not cause to rejoice for most people. It means missing a day or more of work and sitting for long periods of time waiting for your name to be called while watching bad movies in a large, cold room. If you do get chosen for a jury panel, however, you get to see the legal system in process.

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