State Rep. Bob Starks, whose wife was shot and wounded when an opponent allegedly fired into their home, won't face a replacement candidate in the Nov. 3 election, officials said. State Democratic Party leaders decided Tuesday not to nominate a candidate in place of Eric Kaplan, who withdrew from the race after police charged him with shooting into the Starkses' home and wounding Judith Starks in the leg. That means Starks, R-Maitland, will win re-election to his District 34 seat for a third term, said state Elections Supervisor Dot Joyce. Kaplan has pleaded innocent to the Sept. 27 shooting.
Jury selected in beating death
FORT LAUDERDALE _ A jury was selected Wednesday in the murder trial of a young man accused of joining a mob that beat to death a Vietnamese-American student after taunting him with racial slurs. Opening arguments were set to start today in the case, which has attracted national attention because of an increase in violence against Asian-Americans across the country. Bradley Mills, 18, faces second-degree murder charges in the death of Luyen Phan Nguyen, who was a premed student at the University of Miami before the Aug. 15 incident ended his life at age 19. Mills is the first of seven young men who must stand trial in the case. The two-woman, six-man jury was selected Wednesday after tough questions about racial beliefs, military service and youthful fistfights.
Ex-medical examiner cleared
PANAMA CITY _ A second state attorney agrees there isn't enough evidence to prosecute a former medical examiner although he says the doctor's wife died under suspicious circumstances. State investigators said last month that they were unable to determine how Kay Sybers died in May 1991 at her Panama City home because her body had been embalmed before an autopsy could be conducted. Her husband, Dr. William Sybers, was medical examiner for the 14th Judicial Circuit. He had asked that no autopsy be conducted and had the body taken to a funeral home, police said.