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Closing arguments to begin in Sprout murder trial

NEW PORT RICHEY

Trial's Closing arguments to begin today

The testimony wrapped up Wednesday in the second-degree murder trial of Sharon Sprout, with closing arguments set for today. Sprout, now 51, was arrested in July 2004 and accused of shooting her longtime boyfriend, Anthony Candiano, 64, in the head in their Port Richey home. Sprout has admitted to pulling the trigger but says she did it because she was afraid of him after years of abuse. The prosecution argued this week that she wasn't battered but rather that she wanted desperately to be married and was worried Candiano was about to leave her. Sprout could get life in prison if she is convicted.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Troopers discover 2 young girls alone

A man caught speeding Tuesday evening in Moon Lake led authorities back to his house where his two daughters were home alone, a report says. One girl, nearly 2, was found by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper holding a pack of cigarettes and chewing on one of them. The other girl, 5, cried and hugged the trooper, asking when she could get her daddy out of jail. She said he has left her and her sister alone before, the report says. Timothy A. Hall, 25, of 10960 Lake Drive was arrested on multiple charges including child neglect and driving under the influence. He also had a suspended driver's license and several outstanding warrants, records say. Hall remained jailed on Wednesday with bail set at $25,789. He told troopers he planned to be away only a few minutes to take out the trash.

Pasco deaths

Ayers, Justin Heath

Beggs, Ivy M.

Boyce, William

Brown, Robert V.

Dee, Frances C.

Ellinger, Joseph H.

Fleischhauer, Hans

Kline, Mary L. (Ruehl)

Rossbach, Pearl M.

Saposnick, Rosemary

Smith, Nancy E.

Spicer, Philip H.

Torello, Christine L.

Verrechia, Evelyn A.

Willis, Janet M.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Closing arguments to begin in Sprout murder trial 11/19/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 20, 2008 7:21pm]
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