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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Victims remembered on 90th anniversary of 1928 hurricane
 In Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” the central characters in an ill-fated love story prove no match for “Old Okeechobee,” which the author described as a monster that “began to roll in his bed” with winds and rains from the hurricane of 1928. In real life, the 1928...

11:15 PM Saturday, Sep. 15, 2018

In Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” the central characters in an ill-fated love story prove no match for “Old Okeechobee,” which the author described as a monster that “began to roll in his bed” with winds and rains from the hurricane of 1928. In real life, the 1928...
Stingray: PBSO deputies use secret cellphone catcher that could grab your call logs, texts 
 Cops in Palm Beach County and across the country are using secret cellphone tracking devices that could let them see your phone number, exact location and possibly everything on your phone while they look for suspects. You’re not supposed to know. No, this is not the beginning of a conspiracy novel. It’s a well-documented reality...

2:00 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

Cops in Palm Beach County and across the country are using secret cellphone tracking devices that could let them see your phone number, exact location and possibly everything on your phone while they look for suspects. You’re not supposed to know. No, this is not the beginning of a conspiracy novel. It’s a well-documented reality...
Shooting at football game in Wellington not a ‘school’ shooting
 Detectives are still piecing together what really happened amid the pandemonium after a shooting at the Palm Beach Central-Dwyer high school football game Friday night. But they, school officials, parents and students alike by Saturday had all reached the same conclusion about the incident: it was not a “school” shooting. ...

4:21 PM Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

Detectives are still piecing together what really happened amid the pandemonium after a shooting at the Palm Beach Central-Dwyer high school football game Friday night. But they, school officials, parents and students alike by Saturday had all reached the same conclusion about the incident: it was not a “school” shooting. ...
Wellington game shooting: Too close for one family in more than one way
 It all started with a cryptic text from their daughter. “I’m safe,” Hope Lerman had written to her parents, defense attorney Gregg Lerman and his wife, Debra. “I’m with Coach Pagley.” It was Friday night, and the Lermans had expected their daughter home late from one of the most highly anticipated...

12:07 AM Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

It all started with a cryptic text from their daughter. “I’m safe,” Hope Lerman had written to her parents, defense attorney Gregg Lerman and his wife, Debra. “I’m with Coach Pagley.” It was Friday night, and the Lermans had expected their daughter home late from one of the most highly anticipated...
PBSO’s $1 million rape kit testing: 994 examined so far, no arrests
 In December 2015, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office embarked on a $1 million project to test 1,500 rape evidence kits that had been sitting on its shelves for as long as 40 years. The initiative came on the heels of both state and nationwide efforts to test DNA in years-old rape cases. Similar efforts in other cities have...

9:55 AM Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018

In December 2015, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office embarked on a $1 million project to test 1,500 rape evidence kits that had been sitting on its shelves for as long as 40 years. The initiative came on the heels of both state and nationwide efforts to test DNA in years-old rape cases. Similar efforts in other cities have...
UPDATE: Test results mean new cancer fight for West Palm Beach lawyer
 UPDATE: June 26, 2018:
            
            The news wasn’t good. West Palm Beach defense attorney Richard Tendler said as much right away in a phone call Monday from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. READ RICHARD TENDLER’S STORY HERE A new round of tests showed two new cancerous spots have cropped up in his body since his last...

6:15 PM Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2018

UPDATE: June 26, 2018: The news wasn’t good. West Palm Beach defense attorney Richard Tendler said as much right away in a phone call Monday from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. READ RICHARD TENDLER’S STORY HERE A new round of tests showed two new cancerous spots have cropped up in his body since his last...
Corey Jones case: Nouman Raja trial delayed amid self-defense appeal
 On Wednesday morning, Park Vista High School freshman Tyrina Jones’ parents texted their family and friends a photograph of her, along with the proud announcement that the 15-year-old softball phenom was one of just two freshman to make a local newspaper’s list of best players in Palm Beach County. By the afternoon, they were...

11:45 PM Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2018

On Wednesday morning, Park Vista High School freshman Tyrina Jones’ parents texted their family and friends a photograph of her, along with the proud announcement that the 15-year-old softball phenom was one of just two freshman to make a local newspaper’s list of best players in Palm Beach County. By the afternoon, they were...
His toughest case
 A knock on a door stopped Richard Tendler mid-sentence. His back straightened almost instinctively in his chair, just as it has at the first sign of every verdict. Two decades as a criminal defense attorney in Palm Beach County have taught the 51-year-old West Palm Beach man to never predict how things will go. UPDATE: Test results mean new...

5:50 PM Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2018

A knock on a door stopped Richard Tendler mid-sentence. His back straightened almost instinctively in his chair, just as it has at the first sign of every verdict. Two decades as a criminal defense attorney in Palm Beach County have taught the 51-year-old West Palm Beach man to never predict how things will go. UPDATE: Test results mean new...
BREAKING: Former Uber driver gets 22-year sentence in rape case
 Justice, Gary Kitchings' victim said, would be for the former Uber driver to spend the rest of his life in prison for raping her last year.  On Wednesday morning, Chief Circuit Judge Krista Marx disagreed. She sentenced Kitchings, 58, to a total of 22 years in prison for three counts of sexual battery and another charge of false...

1:59 PM Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2018

Justice, Gary Kitchings' victim said, would be for the former Uber driver to spend the rest of his life in prison for raping her last year.  On Wednesday morning, Chief Circuit Judge Krista Marx disagreed. She sentenced Kitchings, 58, to a total of 22 years in prison for three counts of sexual battery and another charge of false...
Appeals court: State can’t seek death penalty in 2017 Boca Raton murder
 An appellate court Wednesday upheld a judge’s decision barring Palm Beach County prosecutors from seeking the death penalty against a 28-year-old man because of a missed filing deadline in a case where he is charged with killing a man who helped send him to jail. In a 12-page ruling, Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal denied...

10:11 PM Wednesday, Jun. 06, 2018

An appellate court Wednesday upheld a judge’s decision barring Palm Beach County prosecutors from seeking the death penalty against a 28-year-old man because of a missed filing deadline in a case where he is charged with killing a man who helped send him to jail. In a 12-page ruling, Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal denied...
Judge rejects Nouman Raja “stand your ground” claim in Corey Jones case
 Former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja’s actions “created the circumstances” that led to the October 2015 shooting death of stranded motorist Corey Jones, according to a judge who on Friday denied Raja’s request to throw out manslaughter and attempted murder charges against him. Circuit Judge Samantha...

8:56 PM Friday, Jun. 01, 2018

Former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja’s actions “created the circumstances” that led to the October 2015 shooting death of stranded motorist Corey Jones, according to a judge who on Friday denied Raja’s request to throw out manslaughter and attempted murder charges against him. Circuit Judge Samantha...