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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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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...

Posted: 12 hours ago

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...
Praised West Palm attorney fought for many, but is now fighting for his life
 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. “I’ve...

Posted: a day ago

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. “I’ve...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...

Posted: 14 days ago

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...

Posted: 19 days ago

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...
Jupiter man convicted in ‘Guat hunting’ murder, hate crime
 It took a Palm Beach County jury less than four hours of deliberations to reject a 22-year-old man’s self-defense claims in the April 2015 Jupiter murder of Guatemalan teen Onesimo Marcelino Lopez-Ramos. With their guilty verdict, jurors found that David Harris committed a hate crime during the fight that led to the death of 18-year-old...

Posted: 29 days ago

It took a Palm Beach County jury less than four hours of deliberations to reject a 22-year-old man’s self-defense claims in the April 2015 Jupiter murder of Guatemalan teen Onesimo Marcelino Lopez-Ramos. With their guilty verdict, jurors found that David Harris committed a hate crime during the fight that led to the death of 18-year-old...
Jury to decide alleged Jupiter hate-crime killing of Guatemalan teen
 With a single swing of an ax, David Harris said, he was able to buy his younger brother Jesse just enough time to get up and run away from an early April 18, 2015 melee with a group of men in the 300 block of 4th street in Jupiter. The 22-year-old’s testimony in his own defense during the murder trial were the last words jurors...

Posted: 30 days ago

With a single swing of an ax, David Harris said, he was able to buy his younger brother Jesse just enough time to get up and run away from an early April 18, 2015 melee with a group of men in the 300 block of 4th street in Jupiter. The 22-year-old’s testimony in his own defense during the murder trial were the last words jurors...
Corey Jones case: Lawyers finish Nouman Raja ‘Stand Your Ground’ fight
 Both prosecutors and defense attorneys for former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja agree that the case surrounding his killing of stranded motorist Corey Jones case holds a valid self-defense argument for prosecutorial immunity under what is commonly known as Florida’s “stand your ground” law. Who is entitled...

9:59 PM Thursday, May. 17, 2018

Both prosecutors and defense attorneys for former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja agree that the case surrounding his killing of stranded motorist Corey Jones case holds a valid self-defense argument for prosecutorial immunity under what is commonly known as Florida’s “stand your ground” law. Who is entitled...
West Palm Beach cop impersonator sentenced to 2 years in prison
 The 21-year-old West Palm Beach man accused of impersonating a police officer when he pulled over an exotic dancer and asked her to show him her breasts will spend the next two years in prison, a judge has ruled. The sentence for Cristian Leon this week comes little more than a month after a Palm Beach County jury found Leon, a former security...

2:18 PM Thursday, May. 17, 2018

The 21-year-old West Palm Beach man accused of impersonating a police officer when he pulled over an exotic dancer and asked her to show him her breasts will spend the next two years in prison, a judge has ruled. The sentence for Cristian Leon this week comes little more than a month after a Palm Beach County jury found Leon, a former security...
Palm Beach County Commission declares opioid crisis a ‘public nuisance’
 With a unanimous 7-0 vote, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners decided on Tuesday to join the growing list of cities nationwide in declaring the opioid crisis a public nuisance. The vote, which comes less than a month after commissioners asked Palm Beach County Attorney Denise Nieman to draft the ordinance highlighting the...

11:30 PM Tuesday, May. 15, 2018

With a unanimous 7-0 vote, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners decided on Tuesday to join the growing list of cities nationwide in declaring the opioid crisis a public nuisance. The vote, which comes less than a month after commissioners asked Palm Beach County Attorney Denise Nieman to draft the ordinance highlighting the...
Boynton Beach man gets new trial in near-decapitation of drinking pal
 A Boynton Beach man serving a life sentence for the near-decapitation death of a drinking buddy eight years ago is now preparing for a new trial. Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal threw out a second-degree murder conviction this week for Greg Senser, deciding in an 11-page ruling that jurors in his 2016 trial should not have been...

8:59 PM Friday, May. 11, 2018

A Boynton Beach man serving a life sentence for the near-decapitation death of a drinking buddy eight years ago is now preparing for a new trial. Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal threw out a second-degree murder conviction this week for Greg Senser, deciding in an 11-page ruling that jurors in his 2016 trial should not have been...