5 things to know in Florida for Dec. 17
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
JURY MULLS DEATH PENALTY FOR `LITTLE TONY'
A prosecutor told jurors Monday that Anthony `Little Tony' Ferrari should be sentenced to die for a prominent businessman's slaying because the gangland-style slaying was coldly planned out for weeks and victim suffered after being hit multiple times. The state offered two witnesses Monday. Jurors will hear from the defense on Tuesday they'll consider whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
POLICE: MAN LIED ABOUT ABANDONED BABY
A man who said he found an abandoned baby girl outside a Florida gas station was arrested hours later and charged with lying to investigators. The newborn was found early Monday, wrapped in newspapers. She's at an Orlando hospital. Once she is medically cleared, she'll be turned over to the Department of Children and Families.
YEARWOOD, MCBRIDE CANCEL SEAWORLD CONCERTS
More entertainers have canceled their appearances at SeaWorld Orlando following the recent release of a documentary that raises questions about the effects of captivity on whales. Representatives for Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride confirmed Monday that the country singers have joined the ranks of recording artists who have pulled out of performing at the park's February concert series.
PREGNANT WOMAN KILLED DURING HOME INVASION
A pregnant woman died and a suspect is in critical condition following a home invasion near Tampa on Sunday. Police say two masked men intended to rob the victims. The woman was shot and her boyfriend unleashed his pit bull on them. While fending off the attack, a suspect dropped his handgun and the boyfriend used it to shoot a suspect. Police are investigating.
MINOR INJURIES IN PINELLAS BUS CRASH
Fourteen people were injured Monday when a pickup truck rear-ended a municipal bus in Pinellas County. Thirteen passengers and the truck driver were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.