Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Jury quick to rule 'not guilty' in rape case

New Port Richey

Jury quick to rule 'not guilty' in rape case

Three men accused of raping a woman after a night at a bar on U.S. 19 were found not guilty by a jury this week. Defense attorney Willie Pura said jurors deliberated just 20 minutes before acquitting Feliz Perez-Leon, Alejandro Perez-Leon and Ricardo Perez of sexual battery. The woman had told authorities that two of them of held her down while another one raped her at a house on Haven Drive last November. Pura said the woman actually accepted $50 from one of the men in exchange for sex, then turned on them with the accusation. The men, who are cousins, are not in the country legally, Pura said, and remain in custody on an immigration hold.

Dade City

Judge okays use of added evidence

A judge ruled Friday that prosecutors may use evidence to try to show that a man accused of robbing and raping an elderly woman in Zephyrhills in the spring of 2007 also committed a similar offense three weeks later. Bobby Lee Black III, 20, is set to face trial next week, accused of breaking into the mobile home of a 66-year-old woman. Prosecutors say Black raped her, then waited while his friend, Jathniel McMichael, did the same. They left with her wallet and jewelry. Three weeks later, another woman, living alone in a mobile home park, was attacked. This time the assailants forced her into her van, drove her to a bank to take money from an ATM, raped her and then pushed her into a quarry and left her for dead. Black and McMichael, whose trial has been delayed, are also charged in that crime and will face separate trials for that incident. Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa ruled that the circumstances of the attacks are similar enough to show a pattern.

New Port Richey

Public works building opens

A new city public works facility officially opened Friday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new $4.6 million facility, located at 6132 Pinehill Road, will house administrative offices, the operations center and millions of dollars of heavy equipment. The facility is twice as big as the old location, which will continue to be used for fleet maintenance and storage. The project was paid for mostly with fee-based water and sewer and stormwater accounts as well as Penny for Pasco funds.

Jury quick to rule 'not guilty' in rape case 04/17/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 17, 2009 11:15pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Man dies after losing control of pickup in Dade City


    DADE CITY — A man died Friday after he lost control of his pickup truck through a bend in the road and collided with an oncoming car, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  2. Teens recorded drowning man and laughed, but face no charges


    Authorities say a group of teens who watched, laughed and made a video as a man drowned in a retention pond can be charged with failure to report a death.

    Jamel Dunn, 31, drowned July 9 in Cocoa.
  3. After huge sinkhole opens, residents weigh future with unease

    Public Safety

    LAND O'LAKES — The wood floors creak each time Kendra Denzik dashes inside her darkened home to grab fresh clothes. She can't help but panic when they do.

    Eleven families along Ocean Pines Drive in Land O’Lakes homes are fenced in due to the massive sinkhole from last Friday on Thursday, July 20, 2017. The Doohen’s are among 11 families who had to evacuate from their homes.
  4. Tampa Club president seeks assessment fee from members


    TAMPA — The president of the Tampa Club said he asked members last month to pay an additional assessment fee to provide "additional revenue." However, Ron Licata said Friday that the downtown business group is not in a dire financial situation.

    Ron Licata, president of the Tampa Club in downtown Tampa. [Tampa Club]
  5. Under Republican health care bill, Florida must make up $7.5 billion


    If a Senate bill called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 becomes law, Florida's government would need to make up about $7.5 billion to maintain its current health care system. The bill, which is one of the Republican Party's long-promised answers to the Affordable Care Act imposes a cap on funding per enrollee …

    Florida would need to cover $7.5 billion to keep its health care program under the Republican-proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.  [Times file photo]