Prosecutors want an answer from George Zimmerman’s attorney on whether he intends to seek an immunity hearing for the former neighborhood watch captain.
Zimmerman’s attorney has told the judge in the case he doesn’t need the two weeks she had scheduled this month for such a hearing. Attorney Mark O’Mara had previously said he may want to wrap that hearing into Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial, set for June.
At an immunity hearing, the judge would have sole discretion to decide if Zimmerman is exempt from culpability in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Woman, 78, gets 10 years prison in DUI death
A 78-year-old woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a drunk driving crash that killed a North Carolina man during Bike Week.
Judge Leah R. Case noted during a sentencing hearing on Wednesday that Barbara Dunn of Chatham, Mass., had no criminal record. But the judge said Dunn — who had a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit — apparently has a drinking problem. The judge revoked Dunn’s driver’s license for the rest of her life.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Dunn struck and killed 64-year-old Charles Bixler of Concord, N.C., on March 17, 2012. Two other bikers were forced off the road and injured.
Pieces of what appeared to be human skull and teeth have been discovered at a South Florida airport inside a passenger’s carry-on bag.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said the items were found Wednesday afternoon at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when a piece of sealed pottery broke open. The pottery also contained rocks and dirt. A second sealed pot remained intact.
The pots were being carried by two women who were planning to fly to Baltimore. Deputies say the women told them they had visited Cuba earlier in the week and had bought the pots at a store selling religious items. The two women remained in Florida voluntarily to talk with homicide and crime scene investigators. They weren’t identified and no charges have been filed.
Boy, 10, named Citizen of the Year
A 10-year-old Lakeland boy is being honored as Citizen of the Year for donating his bicycle to the police department’s “Cops For Kids” program.
The Ledger of Lakeland reports William Boyette saw a segment on television in December about the police department’s program to help disadvantaged children. The fourth-grader at Jesse Keen Elementary School asked his father if he could donate his bicycle.
Two days later, police officers stopped by to pick up the bike. They gave William a commemorative coin for his donation. His dad, Tim Boyette, thought that was that. But in March, William received an invitation from police to attend an awards ceremony in April.
Police say William “demonstrated vision, leadership and citizenship” with his “selfless contribution” to the program.
Gov wings to D.C. for media blitz
Gov. Rick Scott will be making the rounds with the media in Washington, D.C. on Friday . Scott, who has been calling this week for the Obama Administration to halt the furloughs for the nation’s air traffic controllers, is scheduled to meet with CBS at 8:30 a.m., The Wall Street Journal at 10:30 a.m., FOX News at noon, Politico at 2 p.m. and the National Review at 4 p.m.
The furloughs were imposed as part of the federal sequestration law requiring $1.2 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts as a penalty for Congress not reaching a deal on specific budget balancing plans.
Post staff and wire services.