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The prosecution and defense in the murder trial against Denise Williams have wrapped up and the jury will hear closing arguments Friday morning. Williams is accused of planning the murder of her husband Mike Williams 18 years ago with his best friend, Brian Winchester. 

Brian Winchester
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Brian Winchester says Denise Williams told him they would be like “David and Bathsheba” and that the killing of her husband Mike Williams 18 years ago would be kept a secret. Wednesday saw further testimony and cross examination of Winchester, who confessed to killing Mike Williams in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

Denise Williams is facing three charges of felony insurance fraud relating to the murder of her ex-husband.
Leon County Sheriff's Department

Twelve jurors are hearing testimony in the murder trial of Denise Williams. She’s accused of orchestrating the disappearance and murder of her first husband 18 years ago. Tuesday the jury heard opening arguments with the prosecution and defense laying out their cases.

Denise Williams is facing three charges of felony insurance fraud relating to the murder of her ex-husband.
Leon County Sheriff's Department

A Tallahassee woman accused of orchestrating the murder and cover-up of her then-husband goes on trial this week. Jury selection is underway and arguments are expected to begin Wednesday.

Department of Juvenile Justice

Juvenile arrests in Florida have reached the lowest number in 43 years, according to a report from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. 

Holiday Gift
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Heroes and Helpers is bringing holiday cheer to Tallahassee youth tomorrow, December 6. It’s a partnership with the Tallahassee Police Department and Target.

Active shooter training
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Researchers at the University of Miami’s Gordon Center are unveiling a new protocol for active shooter situations. Tallahassee first responders are some of the first to receive this groundbreaking training.

A Central Florida man has been sitting on death row awaiting execution for 42 years. But new DNA testing offers the hope of exonerating him. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Leonora LaPeter Anton, who is chronicling the plight of Tommy Zeigler in a six-part series this week in the Tampa Bay Times.

Leon County Sheriff's Office

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an inmate’s death at its jail. Unice Emanuell Gallaway, 52, had a history of mental health issues and had been found incompetent by the County court several times.

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Leon County Sheriff's Office

Tallahassee police gave a brief update on the ongoing investigation following yoga studio shooting in Tallahassee this month. 

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Leon County Sheriff's Office

Leon County Schools has confirmed the gunman in Friday’s Hot Yoga Tallahassee shooting worked as a substitute teacher for nearly a year.

Jimmy Patronis
Florida CFO Archives

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer is cracking down on cell phone spoofing. Scams continue despite new laws aiming to stop them.

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Republican candidate for Governor Ron DeSantis picked up an endorsement from Florida’s largest police union. 

Police officers talk together.
City of Tallahassee Website

Democrats and Republicans are using Tallahassee’s crime rate in political attacks, but experts say that could mislead voters. Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis is going after his opponent Andrew Gillum. He says the city’s crime rate has topped the state during Gillum’s term as mayor. 

Marsy's Law for Florida

Voters will decide whether to place victims’ rights in the Florida Constitution this November.

Advocates say it’s necessary to give victims a voice in the criminal justice process. But opponents argue these rights already exist under Florida law. 

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A bystander was mistakenly bit by a K9 dog during an incident caused by a fleeing suspect. The Leon County Sheriff’s Department is looking into the situation.

Former Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Christy Daly
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice website

The former head of Florida’s juvenile justice system has a new job. After four years at the helm of DJJ, Christy Daly left her post at the end of last month. The following is some of the highs and lows of her tenure.

Denise Williams is facing three charges of felony insurance fraud relating to the murder of her ex-husband.
Leon County Sheriff's Department

Denise Williams will not be getting out of jail any time soon. Florida’s First District Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court’s decision to not grant Williams bail as she awaits trial over the death of her ex-husband Mike Williams. 

Florida State University Dan Markel
Florida State University College of Law

The trial for two suspects accused of the murder of Dan Markel has been delayed again. Sigfredo Garcia and Katherine Magbanua will return to court on Nov. 19 for a case management hearing.

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Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal has rolled out new training materials for employers of the state’s first responders. It’s to help those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement's website

Monday marked the 20th annual Florida Missing Children’s Day. It was not only a time to remember those still missing and those forever gone, the day also honors the state’s efforts.

The seven-member Florida Supreme  Court poses for a photo in the courtroom.
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Governor Rick Scott’s decision to start the process of appointing new Florida Supreme Court justices has ignited a looming constitutional crisis.  At the center of the issue: who—the outgoing or incoming governor—has the ability to make those appointments.

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones meets with inmates at the Wakulla Correctional Institution, March 8, 2016.
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The Florida Department of Corrections has opened a new mental health facility in Wakulla County.

Man who yelled, threated FAMU students with gun at Stadium Centre apartments in Tallahassee is being investigated for aggravated assault.
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Tallahassee police are getting calls and emails from around the world after a cellphone video taken at the Stadium Centre Apartments on Gaines Street went viral.

A man whose name hasn’t been released is seen confronting a group of FAMU students trying to get into the building last weekend. 

The video contains graphic language.

Niceville High School
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Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies are warning Niceville residents to be aware of a scam. Scofflaws are pretending to fundraise on behalf of an area high school.

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