Daphne Duret

Daphne Duret is a reporter for the Palm Beach Post who covers the criminal courts in Palm Beach County. Daphne, a graduate of Florida International University who also attended Florida State University, was born in Chicago but grew up in Miami. While in college, she worked part-time at The Miami Herald, and after an internship at the Chicago Tribune, she was hired at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she covered crime. Daphne came to the Post in 2006 and previously covered courts in Martin County.

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Lake Worth man convicted of manslaughter in 2015 stabbing death
 A 26-year-old Lake Worth man faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced next month in the stabbing death of a man he said he killed in self-defense. Jurors on Friday ended Deivis Costa’s second degree murder trial by convicting him of a lesser manslaughter charge in connection with his Sept. 5, 2015 deadly altercation with...

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A 26-year-old Lake Worth man faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced next month in the stabbing death of a man he said he killed in self-defense. Jurors on Friday ended Deivis Costa’s second degree murder trial by convicting him of a lesser manslaughter charge in connection with his Sept. 5, 2015 deadly altercation with...
West Palm Beach man gets year in jail for touching girl he met online
 A 44-year-old West Palm Beach man was sentenced to a year in jail Tuesday in a case where he was charged with inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl who told him she was 20 when she met him online. Douglas Miles Titman pleaded guilty to a single charge of battery on a child as part of a plea agreement between prosecutors and his attorney...

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A 44-year-old West Palm Beach man was sentenced to a year in jail Tuesday in a case where he was charged with inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl who told him she was 20 when she met him online. Douglas Miles Titman pleaded guilty to a single charge of battery on a child as part of a plea agreement between prosecutors and his attorney...
Two death penalty trials begin in Palm Beach County
 Trials in two separate cases where Palm Beach County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty are likely to begin this week, with two sets of prospective jurors now in jury selection. Jury selection began Thursday in the case of John Eugene Chapman, the 28-year-old Miami man who is accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death before he dumped...

Posted: 2 days ago

Trials in two separate cases where Palm Beach County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty are likely to begin this week, with two sets of prospective jurors now in jury selection. Jury selection began Thursday in the case of John Eugene Chapman, the 28-year-old Miami man who is accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death before he dumped...
UPDATE: 10-year-old boy missing in West Palm returns home
 Update 9:50 a.m.: A 10-year-old boy who went missing onFriday returned home Monday morning, according to West Palm Beach Police Sgt. David Lefont. Original story: West Palm Beach Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 10-year-old boy whose family says he has been missing since Friday. Police say Robert Dormeus, 10...

Posted: 3 days ago

Update 9:50 a.m.: A 10-year-old boy who went missing onFriday returned home Monday morning, according to West Palm Beach Police Sgt. David Lefont. Original story: West Palm Beach Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 10-year-old boy whose family says he has been missing since Friday. Police say Robert Dormeus, 10...
Lake Worth teen gets three years’ prison for drug robbery, shooting
 One of three teens accused of participating in a  robbery and shooting during a drug deal in April was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison. Jelani Louistaffari Nembhard, of Lake Worth, was 17 when he and two other teens allegedly lured a man into the car they were in under the guise of selling him marijuana outside a home on Minnesota...

Posted: 6 days ago

One of three teens accused of participating in a robbery and shooting during a drug deal in April was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison. Jelani Louistaffari Nembhard, of Lake Worth, was 17 when he and two other teens allegedly lured a man into the car they were in under the guise of selling him marijuana outside a home on Minnesota...
Boca Raton teen gets jail, house arrest for beating puppy to death
 The suburban Boca Raton teen who beat a 4-month-old pit bull to death last year after the puppy urinated on the floor was sentenced Thursday to a month in jail, a year on house arrest and another two years of probation. The plea deal for 19-year-old Kevin Braganca comes nearly a year after the April death of Tank, one of two pit bulls who...

Posted: 6 days ago

The suburban Boca Raton teen who beat a 4-month-old pit bull to death last year after the puppy urinated on the floor was sentenced Thursday to a month in jail, a year on house arrest and another two years of probation. The plea deal for 19-year-old Kevin Braganca comes nearly a year after the April death of Tank, one of two pit bulls who...
Palm Beach Gardens High ex-athletic director gets prison in video case
 Palm Beach Gardens High School’s former athletic director is now headed to prison after he accepted a plea agreement in the case surrounding his arrest last year on claims he used a secret camera hidden in a clock to spy on and take nude photos of a child. William Weed, 51, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count each of...

Posted: 8 days ago

Palm Beach Gardens High School’s former athletic director is now headed to prison after he accepted a plea agreement in the case surrounding his arrest last year on claims he used a secret camera hidden in a clock to spy on and take nude photos of a child. William Weed, 51, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count each of...
Alleged accomplice in Delray Beach patriarch’s murder gets 15 years
 A 23-year-old man who said he participated in a fatal 2015 robbery orchestrated by the victim’s step-grandson accepted a plea agreement Tuesday that will send him to prison for 15 years. Desmond Davis, who along with Harut Saroyan and James Jones has been behind bars since shortly after the Feb. 6, 2015 shooting death of 65-year-old...

Posted: 8 days ago

A 23-year-old man who said he participated in a fatal 2015 robbery orchestrated by the victim’s step-grandson accepted a plea agreement Tuesday that will send him to prison for 15 years. Desmond Davis, who along with Harut Saroyan and James Jones has been behind bars since shortly after the Feb. 6, 2015 shooting death of 65-year-old...
Former Greenacres councilwoman sentenced to house arrest, probation
 Former Greenacres councilwoman Lisa Rivera was sentenced to six months house arrest and five years’ probation Tuesday as part of a plea agreement. Rivera, 47, was originally charged with grand theft in June after she was accused of stealing more than $23,000 from the Palm Beach County School District while she was treasurer at Boca...

Posted: 9 days ago

Former Greenacres councilwoman Lisa Rivera was sentenced to six months house arrest and five years’ probation Tuesday as part of a plea agreement. Rivera, 47, was originally charged with grand theft in June after she was accused of stealing more than $23,000 from the Palm Beach County School District while she was treasurer at Boca...
Boynton Beach woman whose dog, cat starved to death gets 6 months
 A 26-year-old woman whose dog and cat were found starved to death in her Boynton Beach apartment in May will have to spend the next four months in jail, a judge has ruled. Ashley Alicia on Wednesday pleaded guilty to two counts each of felony cruelty to animals and unlawful abandonment or confinement of animal for the deaths of her brown...

Posted: 9 days ago

A 26-year-old woman whose dog and cat were found starved to death in her Boynton Beach apartment in May will have to spend the next four months in jail, a judge has ruled. Ashley Alicia on Wednesday pleaded guilty to two counts each of felony cruelty to animals and unlawful abandonment or confinement of animal for the deaths of her brown...
Dalia Dippolito a U.S. Supreme Court case? Justices to decide
 The U.S. Supreme Court met Friday to decide whether to consider a number of cases from around the nation. Among them, a case that could challenge Arizona’s death penalty, whether criminal defendants can claim double jeopardy after overturned convictions — and Dalia Dippolito? True, according to court records and attorneys for...

Posted: 12 days ago

The U.S. Supreme Court met Friday to decide whether to consider a number of cases from around the nation. Among them, a case that could challenge Arizona’s death penalty, whether criminal defendants can claim double jeopardy after overturned convictions — and Dalia Dippolito? True, according to court records and attorneys for...