NEW PORT RICHEY
Prosecutors will push for death penalty
Prosecutors have decided to seek the death penalty for Jackie Lee Braden Jr., the man accused in the February slayings of his mother and stepfather. A grand jury in March indicted Braden, 36, on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sherrill and David Wright. The state filed on April 30 its notice of intent to seek the death penalty. Prosecutor Mike Halkitis on Friday offered at least three arguments for the death penalty in this case: There were multiple victims; authorities say the victims were executed, suggesting their deaths were premeditated; and the victims were killed in the commission of a felony. Authorities say there is evidence that Braden robbed the couple's Shady Hills home, where they were found dead.
Student detained after fight on bus
A bus driver's assistant received minor injuries, and a student was taken into custody after two 11-year-olds got into a fight on a school bus Friday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office said. The incident happened just after 4 p.m. near Louis Avenue and Alt. U.S. 19. About 10 Gulfside Elementary students were on the bus. The driver pulled over when the fight broke out and, with an assistant, tried to separate the kids. The assistant was scratched on the arm and punched in the forehead, but denied medical treatment, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies took one child into custody under the state's Baker Act, which allows people to be hospitalized against their will if they are considered a threat to themselves. The driver and assistant continued with their route, taking the children home.
Bolles, Gina Marie
Bray, John A.
Brennan, The Rev. Leo D.
Flannery, Robert C. Jr.
Richer, June M.
Yarling, Margaret M.
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.