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Monday, Jul 28, 2014

Silvestrini, Elaine

Tribune Staff

Expert: Baby found on side of road had awful injuries


— The baby’s injuries were so severe, they were ...

Man describes finding dead baby on I-275


— At first, the news photographer thought the dark mass he saw on the side of Interstate 275 on his way into work was garbage.

Mom testifies, 911 call heard in McTear trial

- An emotional Jasmine Bedwell took the witness stand this morning in the trial of Richard McTear, the man accused of killing her baby and beating her, as details emerge on her 911 call.

Prosecutor outlines evidence against McTear in infant’s death

- Not even 4 months old, Emanuel Wesley Murray Jr. was found dead on the side of Interstate 275 five years ago, covered head to toe in “road rash,” a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday morning.

Gay marriage ruling may help pair divorce


— While a Monroe County judge’s ruling is givi...

One by one, pain clinic docs, operators pleading guilty


— The 1910 Medical Clinic was a busy place that drew crowds of mostly out-of-state “patients” who paid cash for pain pill cocktail prescriptions.

Jury selection begins in baby-throwing death

- Five years after Emanual Murray’s body was found on I-275, half of a pool of 200 potential jurors recalled reading or hearing about the case and suspect Richard McTear.

Secret technology tracks private phones

- The devices, which have been used by local law enforcement agencies, can gather information about cellphone use by anyone, innocent people as well as investigative targets, within its range.

Judge: Tampa police must turn over records about police informant


— Prosecutors and police must surrender records to the lawyer for a woman at the center of a criminal investigation involving two former Tampa police detectives, a judge has rul...

Diverse group seeks judgeships


— A former city councilman, a former state representative and several former prosecutors all are vying for open judgeships this year.

Lawyers can peek at jurors’ social media


— Picking jurors can be like reading tea leaves for lawyers who have only a short time to decide if strangers can be fair to their clients.

Judge grants motion to drop Al-Arian charges

- Federal prosecutors have dropped criminal contempt charges against former USF professor Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian activist whose case has sat in limbo for years.

Dontae Morris’ request for new trial denied

- Citing “overwhelming evidence,” a judge denied a new trial for Dontae Morris in the murders of two Tampa police officers. Morris was sentenced to death last month.

911 call records last seconds of man’s life

- Fred Turner Jr. was fatally shot on I-4 last June, but not before making a chilling call to report a car was following him on the highway.

Doomsday preppers have long history

- "Doomsday preppers" expert Richard G. Mitchell Jr., seen here in the 1980s, spent years with survivalists similar to a Valrico man arrested this week.

Dontae Morris lawyers seek new trial

- Lawyers for condemned killer Dontae Morris are asking a judge to order a new trial on charges he murdered Tampa police officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis.

Officials: Bradenton woman took pornographic pics of toddler


— A 35-year-old woman entrusted by a friend to babysit a 2-year-old girl made pornographic pictures with the child and texted them to someone in New York, authorities say.

Osmakac’s brother: FBI entrapped mentally ill man

- Before Sami Osma­kac started to descend into mental illness, he was a different person than the radical Islamic terrorist his brother says the FBI created.

Lawsuit: Mormon Church violates copyright


— Everyone knows the Bible says, “Thou shalt not steal.”

Tampa officers' sons are victim, suspect in murders

- The day after authorities say the son of a Tampa Police officer was murdered, the son of another officer was charged with murder.

Osmakac guilty in terror attack plot

- Kosovo-born Sami Osmakac, who prosecutors say planned to blow up a Tampa pub, was convicted of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Jury in Osmakac terrorism case to begin deliberations

- Both sides gave their closing arguments in Sami Osmakac’s trial on federal charges of attempted possession of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered machine gun.

Lawyer wants info on informant's links to Tampa police

- Lawyers for a woman at the center of an investigation involving two former Tampa police detectives are asking a court to order the department to turn over documents about her relationship with law enforcement.

Prosecution rests; defense psychiatrist says Osmakac mentally ill


— While defense experts say Sami Osmakac suffers from serious mental illness, one psychologist conceded it’s sometimes hard to distinguish between mental illness and reli...

Pinellas couple accused of $10 million federal contract fraud


Two Pinellas County scientists who have done work for agencies including NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation are now facing the possibility of prison on fraud charges.

Jury hears Osmakac, informant discuss terror plan


— Weeks before he is accused of trying to launch a terrorist attack in Tampa, Sami Osmakac predicted a “second 9/11,” according to evidence presented in federal co...

Accidental recordings give peek into FBI’s Osmakac investigation

- Jurors in the Sami Osmakac terrorism trial were given a rare glimpse Monday into the inner workings of the FBI team that created the sting operation that caught him.

Jurors see video detailing Tampa terror plot

- When it came to info about explosives, the undercover FBI agent who appears in a video with Sami Osmakac says he was just making it up as he went along.