Claire McNeill, Enterprise Reporter

Claire McNeill

Enterprise Reporter

I've been dog-earing magazines since I was little, and I’m still a constant reader. I love reporting deep on complicated ideas and telling intimate stories that reveal the human experience: a forgotten school shooting victim, a Syrian refugee in a Southern fraternity, a mother-turned-drug smuggler for her dying son. I grew up in a small town in South Jersey and made my way here after attending the University of North Carolina. I covered all kinds of news in Pasco and Pinellas counties before leaping into the higher education beat and then onto the enterprise team. Outside of work, I hoard books, stress-bake and balance my soccer/softball/rock climbing routine with a serious Taco Bell habit. I live in St. Pete with my introverted Pomeranian, Wilson.

The Trial of John Jonchuck, Day 10: Bring on the experts

Defendant John Jonchuck arrives in the courtroom Friday. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
The defense calls its first expert witness, who we expect to say Jonchuck was insane when he killed his daughter.

The Trial of John Jonchuck Day 9: Watch as the defense introduces insanity

Defendant John Jonchuck sits in court Thursday. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
The prosecution rested its case Wednesday morning. Now the defense will argue Jonchuck was insane when he killed Phoebe.

Prosecutors rest after quick case. Now the trial of John Jonchuck gets complicated.

Defendant John Jonchuck, right, reacts in court Wednesday as photographs are shown to the jury of the body of his daughter, Phoebe, and the injuries she suffered when he dropped the 5-year-old off a bridge in 2015 to her death. On the left is Pinellas-Pasco Assistant Public Defender Greg Williams. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
Prosecutors believe they only needed two days of testimony to convince the jury Jonchuck is a murderer. Now the defense will argue he was insane.

The Trial of John Jonchuck Day 8: Proving the murder

Defendant John Jonchuck looks at one of his public defenders, Jessica Manuele, in the courtroom Wednesday. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Watch prosecutors continue to call witnesses in their effort to prove Jonchuck is guilty.

John Jonchuck’s mother testifies as her son stands trial for her granddaughter’s murder

A photograph of 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck is shown to the jury as grandmother Michele Jonchuck, sitting on the witness stand, looks toward her son, John Jonchuck. He is the father of Phoebe, and his murder trial in her 2015 death continued Tuesday. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
Michele Jonchuck wore bright pink and a butterfly necklace for Phoebe. She told her son she loved him. She is not sure if he should be found guilty.