Wednesday, January 17, 2018
News Roundup

Khalid Pasha found guilty; represented himself in murder trial

TAMPA — Self-representation did not pay off for Khalid Pasha, who chose to defend himself against two first-degree murder charges in a death penalty trial.

On Friday, it took a jury less than an hour to find him guilty.

They had seen the state's evidence, the blood of his 43-year-old wife, Robin Canady, and her 20-year-old daughter, Ranesha Singleton, on his face and clothes and a knife inside his van.

They had also heard his version, which placed him at the murder scene, discovering their bodies in a remote cul-de-sac at the Woodland Corporate Center on Waters Avenue, and then driving away with no plan to tell anyone.

The verdict did not appear to surprise Pasha, 69. He scanned the jury without emotion.

No one met his gaze.

The jury was the second to find him guilty of the Aug. 23, 2002, murders.

He stood trial in 2007 and was sentenced to death, but the Florida Supreme Court later reversed the convictions.

At issue was Pasha's desire to represent himself. He was denied the ability then, and the Supreme Court ruled it was his right.

This verdict came 35 minutes more quickly than the last.

Jurors will reassemble on Feb. 11 for the penalty phase of the trial, to hear an expected three days' worth of evidence and decide whether to recommend that Pasha be put to death.

Something will be different in Round II, Pasha has decided:

He will be represented by a death-qualified private attorney.

Alexandra Zayas can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3354.

Comments
Water Street Tampa developers seek artist and design for $600,000 outdoor art near USF med school

Water Street Tampa developers seek artist and design for $600,000 outdoor art near USF med school

TAMPA — Water Street Tampa announced Wednesday it is seeking artists and proposals for a big piece of outdoor art for the plaza between one of the $3 billion project’s office buildings and the new building for the University of South Florida Morsani ...
Updated: 10 minutes ago

John McCain: Mr. President, stop attacking the press

After leaving office, President Ronald Reagan created the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award to recognize individuals who have fought to spread liberty worldwide. Nancy Reagan continued the tradition after her husband’s death, and in 2008 she bestowed the h...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Pasco goats somehow make yoga less weird

Pasco goats somehow make yoga less weird

DADE CITY — More than 36 million Americans practice yoga, but many people still feel intimidated by the ancient method of controlling the body and mind through physical and mental practices.Perhaps it is the daunting terms or confusing poses that cau...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
Hernando schools superintendent seeks protection from neighbor she accuses of harassment

Hernando schools superintendent seeks protection from neighbor she accuses of harassment

SPRING HILL — Hernando County schools Superintendent Lori Romano will appear in court this month after filing for a restraining order against her neighbor, who she said has stalked and harassed her since last summer.In a court filing, Romano brings a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Forecast: Hard-freeze watches and warnings issued across Tampa Bay ahead of bitter cold snap

Forecast: Hard-freeze watches and warnings issued across Tampa Bay ahead of bitter cold snap

Brace yourself: Tampa Bay is about to be slapped with a burst of cold air and some of most bitter temperatures it’s had all season.Wednesday morning may have been chilly, but a truly brutal cold is expected to set in overnight into Thursday morning....
Updated: 1 hour ago

Updated: 1 hour ago
Two Tampa Bay area students among those facing hazing charges in FSU death

Two Tampa Bay area students among those facing hazing charges in FSU death

TALLAHASSEE — Two students from the Tampa Bay area, including the son of an assistant chief for the Tampa Police Department, have been charged in the hazing death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge.Christopher M. Hamlin, 20, of Valrico, ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
He still has nightmares: Deckhand recalls prior casino boat fire

He still has nightmares: Deckhand recalls prior casino boat fire

Cory Byrd said he still has nightmares about the smoke. In them, he is back in the cabin of the Express Shuttle II, scrambling to reach the white rectangle of an open door. The smoke was so thick, he said, you could barely see an outstretched hand. ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
McDonald’s manager gets ovation as Tampa thanks those who helped Seminole Heights investigation

McDonald’s manager gets ovation as Tampa thanks those who helped Seminole Heights investigation

TAMPA — Delanda Walker, the McDonald’s manager who gave police the tip that led to an arrest in the Seminole Heights slayings, received a standing ovation Wednesday during a ceremony thanking citizens who helped in the investigation.Mayor Bob Buckhor...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Apple to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge

Apple to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge

Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO — Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. economy. The pledge announced Wednesday is an offshoot from the sw...
Updated: 2 hours ago