Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
TRIAL DATE SET FOR THOSE ACCUSED OF SEAN TAYLOR KILLING
A May trial date has been set for one of the remaining three suspects in the 2007 slaying of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor, who was fatally shot during a burglary at his South Florida home. A judge on Thursday set the May 27 date for 26-year-old Jason Mitchell. Trial dates will be set later for 24-year-old Charles Wardlow and 22-year-old Timothy Brown. All are charged with first-degree murder.
JUDGE TO REVIEW JUSTIN BIEBER POLICE VIDEO, DECIDE WHAT’S RELEASED TO PUBLIC
A South Florida judge will review police video made shortly after Justin Bieber’s arrest to determine if some portions should be withheld, particularly clips depicting him urinating into a cup. Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield says he will hold another hearing March 4 after reviewing some of the roughly 10 hours of Miami Beach police video.
WARNING SHOT BILL KEEPS MOVING AHEAD IN FLORIDA
Florida legislators keep moving ahead with a bill designed to make it clear people can show a gun, or even fire a warning shot, without drawing a lengthy prison sentence. A House panel on Thursday voted in favor of the measure (HB 89) partially inspired by Marissa Alexander. The Jacksonville woman was given a 20-year prison sentence after firing a gun near her estranged husband.
FORMER FLORIDA SEX PREDATOR OFFICIAL LOSES JOB
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has rescinded a job offer made to psychologist after questions were raised about his performance in running Florida’s sex predator program. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Daniel Montaldi had resigned from his Florida post six months ago because he was seen as too sympathetic to offenders.
PLANS MOVING FORWARD A YEAR AFTER SINKHOLE SWALLOWS MAN
Next week will be the one-year anniversary of the fatal sinkhole, which drew national and international attention, and Hillsborough County is moving forward with a plan for the property on which the gaping hole opened. Over the past year, the county has destroyed the remains of the house under which the sinkhole formed, along with the two houses on either side. Now, the question is what to do with the three empty lots.