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BROOKSVILLENEW TRIAL SOUGHT IN ABUSE CASE

Tai-Ling Gigliotti, 51, was convicted of imprisoning her son in a bathroom.

KERI WIGINTON | Times

Tai-Ling Gigliotti, 51, was convicted of imprisoning her son in a bathroom.

Attorneys for a Spring Hill woman convicted of beating and imprisoning her 17-year-old nephew in a bathroom have asked for a new trial, alleging, among other things, that jurors may have been influenced outside the courtroom and that the charge of "caging" was inappropriately applied in this case.

Tai-Ling Gigliotti, 51, was convicted May 10 of two charges of aggravated child abuse. The teen accused Gigliotti of beating him and locking him in a bathroom for months before he escaped in early February 2009.

A request for a new trial is generally standard, a move that protects the constitutional rights of a defendant. But in a 10-page motion filed Friday with the 5th Judicial Circuit, Gigliotti's attorneys raised a number of issues — more than 30 — in asking for a new trial.

PALM HARBOR

Student advances to geography bee final

Aadith Moorthy, a 13-year-old Pinellas County student, has advanced to the final round of the 22nd annual National Geographic bee in Washington, D.C.

Moorthy, an eighth-grader at Palm Harbor Middle School, is representing Florida in the competition.

Today he will go up against nine other top finalists who are from other parts of the country.

The winner of the bee will get a $25,000 scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a trip to the Galápagos Islands.

TAMPA

Pedestrian struck, killed by semitrailer

A pedestrian died Tuesday afternoon when a semitrailer truck hit him in the intersection of Gunn Highway and Linebaugh Avenue, authorities said.

Richard Wayne Melvin, 53, of Wesley Chapel stood on the median of Gunn Highway just after 1:30 p.m., according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Edward Scutt, 63, of Riverview made a left turn in his 1994 Peterbilt toward W Linebaugh Avenue just as Melvin continued to cross Gunn Highway, deputies said.

The truck hit Melvin, who died at the scene, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

Melvin was a retired house painter who lived with his brother in Wesley Chapel, said his niece, Rhonda Lechanz.

BROOKSVILLENEW TRIAL SOUGHT IN ABUSE CASE 05/25/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:32pm]
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