Wednesday, September 26, 2018
News Roundup

Florida Supreme Court denies new DNA analysis in death row inmate William 'Tommy' Zeigler's case

William "Tommy" Zeigler, the 71-year-old man who has spent the last four decades on death row for the murders of four people, will not be allowed to test evidence in his case with touch DNA technology, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Zeigler was convicted of killing his wife, her parents and another man at his Winter Garden furniture store on Dec. 24, 1975. The case has long attracted those skeptical of the evidence against Zeigler, including one of the original investigators and a former Orlando Sentinel newspaper editor. It was also the subject of a 1992 book called Fatal Flaw.

In 2015, his attorneys filed a motion seeking court approval to use a special DNA test to examine evidence, such as clothing and the guns found at the scene, presented at the trial. A circuit court denied the motion, and his attorneys appealed to the state's highest court. While Zeigler sits on death row awaiting an execution date, he is also sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison.

Comments
Rays’ Jake Faria might have saved his own life with this catch

Rays’ Jake Faria might have saved his own life with this catch

The sight of 6-foot-7, 282-pound Yankees slugger Aaron Judge in the batter's box is scary enough for any major-league pitcher.Imagine seeing a line drive off his bat headed straight for your head.That's the position Rays starter Jake Faria found hims...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Port Richey council wants to make it easier to fire a city manager

Port Richey council wants to make it easier to fire a city manager

PORT RICHEY — The Port Richey City Council wants to make it easier to fire its city managers, but will let voters decide whether to give the idea the green light.The council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval for a referendum on the April 9,...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Crash ties up northbound traffic on Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Crash ties up northbound traffic on Sunshine Skyway Bridge

A crash Wednesday morning has traffic congested on the northbound Sunshine Skyway Bridge.Traffic cameras around 8 a.m. showed the bridge's left lane blocked just before its main hump, which has increased the drive-time for commuters attempting to cro...
Updated: 1 hour ago
20 people busted in Pasco County contracting sting

20 people busted in Pasco County contracting sting

Nearly two dozen people have been arrested in Pasco County for a variety of cases involving contracting without a license and failure to secure worker’s compensation insurance, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff Chris Nocco will a...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Gulf’s John Jessup just runs his worries away

Gulf’s John Jessup just runs his worries away

NEW PORT RICHEY — On the starting line Saturday morning at Starkey Park, Gulf High senior John Jessup said he felt pretty good and optimistic, but then he started running, and well, Jessup said, "I didn't feel so good."Down the soggy trails he ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: The Bucs’ starting quarterback will be …

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: The Bucs’ starting quarterback will be …

Jameis Winston returned to One Buc Place on Tuesday, and head coach Dirk Koetter informed him and Ryan Fitzpatrick which quarterback will start this weekend against the Bears. But, Koetter isn't letting the cat out of the bag.Rick Stroud discusses th...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Organizers inviting candidates, East Hillsborough residents to 'Wakanda The Vote' on Sunday

Organizers inviting candidates, East Hillsborough residents to 'Wakanda The Vote' on Sunday

With the mid-term elections quickly approaching, local organizations have come together to spur African-American participation in the election process by hosting a get-out-the-vote party inspired by the film Black Panther.The event, dubbed “Wa...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Largo woman seriously injured after crashing into fire truck

Largo woman seriously injured after crashing into fire truck

INDIAN SHORES -- A Largo oman was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when she drove into the side of a fire truck, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.Deputies say the crash occurred around 5:15 p.m. after Johanna Costello, 56, failed ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Deputies: St. Petersburg pedestrian struck by SUV while crossing road

Deputies: St. Petersburg pedestrian struck by SUV while crossing road

SOUTH PASADENA -- A St. Petersburg man was seriously injured Tuesday night when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing Pasadena Avenue S.According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, there was evidence that 25-year-old Todd Hall had been drin...
Updated: 3 hours ago
What a Fed rate hike means for you, at any age

What a Fed rate hike means for you, at any age

No matter your age, what the Federal Reserve does to interest rates will most likely affect you.Economists say the central bank is nearly certain to raise what's called the federal funds rate by a quarter of a percentage point Wednesday to a range of...
Updated: 3 hours ago