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Lawyer: Massacre suspect allowed to play violent video games

Apr. 24, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An attorney says mental health counselors supported the use of violent video games by the suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre in hopes of containing his violent tendencies. Henderson Behavioral Health treated Nikolas Cruz for years before his arrest in the...

Prosecutors: No charges for teen who deputies slammed down

Apr. 23, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors aren't filing charges against a Florida teen arrested after deputies pepper-sprayed him and slammed his head into the ground. The Broward County State Attorney's Office released a statement Tuesday that no charges would be filed against the 15-year-old following...

Trial set for woman accused of lying to get into Trump club

Apr. 23, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Chinese woman accused of lying to briefly gain admittance to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida is scheduled to go on trial next month. Federal court records show Yujing Zhang will go on trial May 28 in Fort Lauderdale on charges of lying to federal agents...

Prosecutors to seek death penalty for rapper YNW Melly

Apr. 23, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors in Florida are seeking the death penalty against rapper YNW Melly in the deaths of his two friends, who were aspiring rappers. The SunSentinel reports Broward State Attorney's Office filed intent to seek the death penalty last Thursday in a notice that also accuses...

Prosecutors examine video altercation between teen, deputies

Apr. 22, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors are examining the actions of a Florida sheriff's deputy who slammed a pepper-sprayed teen's head into the ground. Broward County State Attorney Mike Satz announced Monday that his staff will meet Tuesday with the 15-year-old student who had an altercation with two...

Customers videotaped at spa in Kraft case sue authorities

Apr. 22, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly three dozen men and women have filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing Florida authorities of unlawfully videotaping them as they received legal massages at a parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly paid for sex. The lawsuit by 31...

Video: Deputy slams high school student's head to the ground

Apr. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff placed a deputy on restricted duty Friday after cellphone video showed the deputy banging the head of a pepper-sprayed teen against the ground. Deputy Christopher Krickovich was ordered to surrender his gun and badge until an investigation into Thursday's...

Cruz attorneys want to question his mental counselors alone

Apr. 18, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The attorneys for the suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre told a judge Thursday that if she doesn't allow them to question his former mental health counselors without prosecutors' knowledge and presence she risks causing a lengthy delay to his trial or a...

Judge bars release of Kraft massage videos before hearing

Apr. 17, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors can't release undercover video of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly receiving sex acts at a Florida massage parlor until a Florida judge rules later this month. Circuit Judge Joseph Marx on Wednesday barred the release of any video from...

Judge: Don't seal school shooting suspect's jail logs

Apr. 12, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge has denied a request from the suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre to seal the identities of jail visitors from prosecutors and the public. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said the logs are subject to release under the Public Records Act, without...