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Local faith leaders demand Tampa Bay-area prosecutors stop seeking death penalty

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A week after a national study singled out Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties as outliers in advocating for death penalty cases, a coalition of religious figures spoke out in Tampa Monday to demand that the state attorneys in those two jurisdictions, Pinellas’ Bernie McCabe and Hillsborough’s Mark Ober, cease calling for any further capital cases. “The moment is here. It’s our opportunity as faith leaders and as people of good will across the state of Florida, particularly Tampa Bay, to say it’s…

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Police: Killing of FSU professor linked to bitter divorce

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The shooting of a Florida State University law professor in his upscale neighborhood two years ago was part of a murder-for-hire scheme that may have been set in motion by a bitter divorce between Daniel Markel and his ex-wife, according to court records released Thursday. Sigfredo Garcia was arrested last week in South Florida in connection with the July 2014 death of Daniel Markel, who was shot in the head in his garage as he talked on his cellphone on…

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Man charged with FSU professor’s killing now in Tallahassee jail

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A South Florida man arrested for killing a Florida State University law professor is now being held in a Tallahassee jail. Sigfredo Garcia from Miami Beach was arrested last week in Broward County in connection to the death of Daniel Markel. Garcia on Wednesday was handed over to Leon County authorities. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday morning. Markel was shot in the head inside his Tallahassee garage during the middle of the day in July…

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Murdered FSU professor’s ex-wife hopes arrest brings closure to case

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The ex-wife of a slain Florida State University law professor says she hopes that the arrest of a South Florida man this week will finally bring some closure to the case. Wendi Adelson, who now lives in the Miami area, said in a brief email Friday that the past two years have been an extraordinarily difficult time for her family. Daniel Markel was shot in the head inside his garage during the middle of the day in July 2014. Markel,…

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Mystery remains after arrest in killing of FSU professor

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After an investigation spanning nearly two years, a South Florida man has been arrested in the killing of a well-known Florida State University professor. But the arrest of 34-year-old Sigfredo Garcia hasn’t answered a long line of questions about why Daniel Markel was gunned down in the garage of his Tallahassee home in July 2014. Garcia, charged with cocaine possession and murder, appeared briefly in a Broward County court on Thursday where a judge ordered that he remain in jail.…

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Kendrick Meek announces support for Elena Kagan quickly

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Kendrick Meek is so confident that Elena Kagan will be named tomorrow morning that they have already put out a press release before the announcement. “As the daughter of a public school teacher and a lawyer who defended tenants against powerful landlords, Elena Kagan understands first-hand how laws affect everyday people. Unlike my two Republican opponents, I strongly supported Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Like Justice Sotomayor, Kagan is a top-notch nominee who will interpret the law faithfully…

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