criminal justice

A group of men gesture at one another while engaged in conversation
Regan McCarthy

Antonio Gilliam has been named Tallahassee’s new Chief of Police. The Tallahassee native has been working in law enforcement for 18 years. Most recently he served as St. Petersburg’s assistant police chief. Tallahassee City Manager Reese Goad said in a press release he’s glad to bring Gilliam back home.

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A recent rash of gun violence in Tallahassee hasn’t been lost on Governor Ron DeSantis. The governor was asked after Tuesday’s cabinet meeting about crime in the City.

Leon County Sheriff's Office

Few details are being made available by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office following the Nov. 7 death of a female inmate. The woman died less than 12 hours after being booked into the county detention facility.

A six-person jury has returned guilty verdicts in the murder trial for Henry Segura. Segura is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Brandi Peters, and her three children, including the couple's three-year-old son.  

In this Aug. 18, 2014, file photo, pathologist Dr. Michael Baden speaks during a news conference to share preliminary results of a second autopsy done on Michael Brown in St. Louis County, Mo. Baden, a pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein’s brother.
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Last year, an investigative series by the Miami Herald brought wealthy financier and convicted pedophile Jeffery Epstein back into the spotlight. Reporting revealed he was given special treatment during his conviction.

That story triggered new interest in the case, and Epstein was jailed earlier this year in New York on federal child sex trafficking charges. In August, he was found dead in his cell, his death has been ruled a suicide. But one pathologist who attended an autopsy on Epstein is challenging that ruling.

police on Harlem Street
Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Tallahassee residents packed the Lincoln Center on Brevard Street Monday evening to meet and talk with the city’s top three finalists for chief of police.

Prosecutors in the case against Henry Segura showed the jury a video of an interview between him and investigators taken shortly after Brandi Peters was killed in 2010.  Segura’s son was one of the three children killed alongside their mother and he's on trial for the slayings. 

Man in suit and tie stands at podium with flags behind him. Woman with camera is in the foreground
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU

Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor is asking the city to disqualify a candidate for Police Chief. Earlier this week, the city announced three finalists for the job. 

The trial for a Tallahassee man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her three children is underway for the second time. Two years ago a jury couldn’t reach a decision for Henry Segura.

Gilliam wears a suit and tie. He sits alone at a square table with a microphone. Gilliam looks toward the camera.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU

Antonio Gilliam, Lawrence Revell, and Lonnie Scott are the finalists for Tallahassee’s new police chief. The City is looking for someone who can reduce gun violence and improve relationships with communities of color.

32-year-old Mia Williams identified as a black woman. They're suspected of lighting a woman on fire at a South Monroe St. Taco Bell Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019
Surveillance video / Tallahassee Police Department

The Tallahassee Police Department says its taken the person suspected of throwing gasoline on a woman and lighting her on fire at the Taco Bell on South Monroe Street.  

Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil speaking during the ribbon cutting ceremony for LCSO's new re-entry facilities.
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office opened two new facilities this week, both geared toward helping inmates prepare for life after incarceration.

Woman stands with her hands to the air like she's on a roller coaster. Others are behind her holding signs with words that spell, "Fund Corrections Pay Plan."
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The Florida Department of Corrections is asking state legislators to increase its budget so it can address long-standing issues with the treatment of correctional officers and prisoners.

Pastor Julius McAllister discuss mental health and substance abuse
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A vote to create a new marijuana civil citation program in Leon County failed in a tie Tuesday. One of the commissioners dialed into the meeting and local rules say a caller can’t break a tied vote.

Sigfredo Garcia speaking to his attorney Saam Zangeneh during the trial for FSU Professor Dan Markel.
Alicia Devine, Pool / Tallahassee Democrat

Jurors have recommended life without parole for Sigfredo Garcia, the man convicted of killing former Florida State University law professor Dan Markel.

Ruth Markel speaking to jurors about who Dan Markel was and what his death means to her family.
Tori Schneider, Pool / Tallahassee Democrat

Monday. Jurors heard from Ruth Markel the mother of slain FSU Professor Dan Markel. They’re considering the sentence for his killer Sigfredo Garcia who faces the death penalty for his involvement in a so-called murder for hire plot that took place in 2013.

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Leon County commissioners are looking into a plan to give people more leniency when they’re caught with small amounts of marijuana. The commission will take up a draft civil citation ordinance during its meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Sigfredo Garcia speaking to his attorney Saam Zangeneh during the trial for FSU Professor Dan Markel.
Alicia Devine, Pool / Tallahassee Democrat

A Tallahassee jury says Sigfredo Garcia is guilty for his role in the 2014 murder of Florida State University Law Professor Dan Markel. But they couldn't reach a decision on his co-defendant and ex-girlfriend, Katherine Magbanua. 

Katherine Magbanua listens to testimony in the murder trial for FSU Professor Dan Markel. She's facing life in prison if convicted in the case. (October 3,2019)
Alicia Devine / Tallahassee Democrat (pool)

Jurors are now weighing a decision in the murder trial for former Florida State University Professor Dan Markel. State Attorney Georgia Cappleman and defense attorney Chris DeCoste went head to head during the closing remarks. 

Katherine Magbanua speaking to her attorney Tara Kawass Thursday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Tallahassee, Florida, during the murder trial for Markel's death.
Alicia Devine, Pool / Tallahassee Democrat

Closing arguments are being heard in the Dan Markel murder trial.

The FSU law professor was shot to death in the garage of his midtown Tallahassee home five years ago.

Prosecutor Georgia Cappleman spent the morning laying out a case against Markel’s former in-laws and their connection to the defendants, Sigfredo Garcia and Katherine Magbanua.

“It’s relevant for you to understand the role all these people played, the motive for this crime, in order for make a determination about the guilt of the two folks who are on trial here today," she told jurors.

Katherine Magbanua says she had nothing to do with the 2014 murder of a Florida State University Law Professor. She took the stand Wednesday on the 9th day of the trial for slain law professor Dan Markel.

Katherine Magbanua listens to testimony in the murder trial for FSU Professor Dan Markel. She's facing life in prison if convicted in the case. (October 3,2019)
Alicia Devine / Tallahassee Democrat (pool)

Defense attorneys are picking apart the state’s evidence in the trial for the two people accused of murdering Florida State University Law Professor Dan Markel in 2014.  The attorney for one of the defendants says say their client wasn't involved, and that the state has unfairly cherry-picked evidence in the case.

Katherine Magbanua speaking to her attorney Tara Kawass Thursday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Tallahassee, Florida, during the murder trial for Markel's death.
Alicia Devine, Pool / Tallahassee Democrat

Prosecutors in the murder trial for Florida State University law Professor Dan Markel say his former in-laws and the people accused of the slaying discussed the plot in code across a series of text messages and phone calls.

Katherine Magbanua speaking to her attorney Tara Kawass Thursday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Tallahassee, Florida, during the murder trial for Markel's death.
Alicia Devine, Pool / Tallahassee Democrat

A Leon County jury heard testimony about cell phone calls and bank records as the murder trial for a slain Florida State University law professor continued on its 6th day. 

A woman in a gray suit and glasses sits in a courtroom
Tallahassee Democrat (pool)

Prosecutors in the murder trial for a slain Florida State University law professor are focusing on the ties between the people accused of killing him, and his ex-wife’s family. Markel was entangled in a bitter child custody fight at the time of his death. 

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