Josh Solomon, St. Petersburg City Hall and Pinellas Courts Reporter

Josh Solomon

St. Petersburg City Hall and Pinellas Courts Reporter

I cover St. Petersburg and the Pinellas County legal beat. When I'm not roaming city hall or sitting in court, I’m sleeping late or watching cooking videos on YouTube. I’m proudly from New Jersey, with a tattoo to prove it, and I graduated from Northwestern University before coming to the Times in 2014. I've had the honor of documenting the most magical and tragic moments in Floridians' lives, including a rocket launch, an execution and three hurricanes. Off work, I like things that go — I have a pilot’s license and own a motorcycle — and things that are slow, like savoring morning coffee and a local brew at night. I’m in journalism because I believe the truth can touch hearts and change the world.

Was it wrong to let jurors talk to witnesses in the Jonchuck trial?
Florida law allows for questions but specifies that they should be in writing

John Jonchuck guilty of first-degree murder in 2015 death of his daughter, Phoebe

Defendant John Jonchuck stares straight ahead in court Monday as a video is shown of him being questioned by police the night his daughter was murdered in 2015. His defense lawyers played the video for jurors.  (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)
The verdict comes four years after the horrific morning when the region awoke to the inconceivable news that a father had dropped his daughter off the Dick Misener Bridge.

The Trial of John Jonchuck, Day 21: The deliberations ahead of the guilty verdict

Defendant John Jonchuck listens as the judge reads jury instructions in his murder trial Monday. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
The jury had the case for two hours Monday night before deciding to break. They’ll return at 9 a.m. to try to reach a verdict.

5 moments that mattered in the John Jonchuck murder trial

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Chris Helinger has a bench conference with the attorneys in the John Jonchuck murder trial. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
While the jury is deliberating, catch up on testimony that could have turned the case

The jury is deliberating in the John Jonchuck trial. Here’s what they don’t know.

John Jonchuck reenters the courtroom on April 2 after meeting with the court psychologist Jill Poorman. Jonchuck's lawyers said he had been hallucinating. Poorman evaluated Jonchuck to determine if he remained competent to stand trial. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
From witnesses that weren’t called to facts that were excluded, there’s a lot about the case the jury can’t consider.