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Jury selection starts in trial of man accused of shooting St. Petersburg detective


Jury selection has begun in the first of two attempted murder trials stemming from the shooting of a St. Petersburg detective. The shooting occurred during a robbery attempt last year at a Blockbuster Video store at 5100 66th St. N in St. Petersburg. Joseph Hollings Jr. and Velislav Matzov are accused of walking into the store on April 30, 2008, with their faces concealed and their handguns drawn. They headed out of the store with about $300, authorities said. A special police unit was watching the store, and officers ordered the two men to stop. Instead, authorities say, Matzov shot one of the detectives. Matzov's trial continues today, while Hollings' trial begins next week. The detective has recovered and is back on the job, said police spokesman George Kajtsa.

Man who leapt off Skyway dies

A man who was rescued by a fisherman after jumping from the Sunshine Skyway last month died Sunday. Matthew James Clark, 43, of 1429 Cottonwood Terrace in Tampa had been at Bayfront Medical Center since Steve Burkholder of Bradenton rescued him by pulling him onto his boat July 17. Burkholder said he performed CPR and prayed for the man with his two nephews. Clark's relatives declined to comment except to say they are planning a funeral. To see video of Burkholder recalling the incident, go to

Jury selection starts in trial of man accused of shooting St. Petersburg detective 08/03/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 3, 2009 9:58pm]
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