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Man facing pot charges days after being acquitted of murder

A Tallahassee man found not guilty of first-degree murder last Thursday was arrested on charges of marijuana possession two days later. In Saturday’s arrest, Dejuan Barnes was a passenger in a Dodge Magnum stopped for window tint violations by Tallahassee Police Department officers conducting a traffic stop near Lake Bradford Road and Elberta Drive. Police [..]

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Witness testifies about harrowing night Hoyt Birge was murdered

Over a poorly placed blindfold of red duct tape, Peter Tournay could see his childhood friend being beaten before being shot to death. The 34-year-old recounted to a jury Wednesday how Hoyt Birge was beaten with a hammer, fists and the butt of a rifle by at least four armed men. Then he saw Birge shot at close range [..]

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Suspended Jefferson County Clerk suing Gov. Scott

JEFFERSON CO., Fla (WCTV) — Kirk Reams is filing suit against Governor Rick Scott and the State Senate President. This all stems from his recent criminal case. He was charged with petit theft, accused of allowing his former girlfriend to use a county-owned computer. Governor Scott suspended Reams from his clerk post last Fall, and [..]

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Jury finds Kirk Reams not guilty

The state last week failed to make its case against Clerk of Court Kirk Reams, whom a six-member jury exonerated of the charge of petit theft. Following a four-plus hour trial on Thursday, Jan. 11, a jury of four women and two men barely took 20 minutes to deliver a verdict of not guilty. “I [..]

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People Magazine Investigates – Marked for Murder

Friends and family are stunned when an esteemed criminal law professor and father of two, is executed in his garage. Investigators follow a series of leads that take them on a statewide hunt through Florida, in search of the murderous masterminds. Original Article: https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-shows/people-magazine-investigates/full-episodes/marked-for-murder

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Killer sentenced to just seven years in plea deal in murder-for-hire of FSU professor that police believe was bank rolled by the victim’s former in-laws

A murderer who was allegedly hired to kill a well-known Florida law professor has pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement that prosecutors in Tallahassee say was necessary in order to hand down indictments against other co-conspirators. Luis Rivera, who is already serving a 12-year sentence in federal prison for an unrelated charge, was [..]

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Suspect pleads guilty in Dan Markel murder case

Luis Rivera has entered a plea deal in the murder of FSU law professor Dan Markel. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison, which will run concurrently with another sentence he is already serving in federal prison. The deal will spare Rivera the possibility of a life sentence, but requires Rivera to testify against [..]

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Prosecutor: Plea deal a ‘necessary evil’ in Markel case

Luis Rivera will spend an additional seven years in prison in exchange for providing key information in the killing of Florida State law professor Dan Markel. It was the break prosecutors say they needed in the high-profile murder case that seemed stalled weeks before trial. Rivera, a known gang leader, pointed investigators to a long-sought third suspect, [..]

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Rivera’s trial in Markel murder set

Luis Rivera, one of two men accused in the killing of Dan Markel, will go to trial on Oct. 24. In a court hearing Thursday, Rivera’s attorney Chuck Collins motioned for a speedy trial. Rivera will be split from his co-defendant Sigfredo Garcia, who will stand trial Nov. 14. Investigators say the two men were [..]

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