A Citrus County judge has postponed the formal sentencing of convicted sex offender John Couey until Aug. 24. Couey, 48, convicted in March of killing Jessica Lunsford, was scheduled to be sentenced next week on Friday, Aug. 10.
Circuit Judge Ric Howard delayed the sentencing to have more time to consider whether Couey is mentally retarded, as his defense attorneys assert. If found retarded, Couey would be ineligible for the death penalty, which a Miami jury recommended as punishment for kidnapping, raping and killing the 9-year-old Homosassa girl in 2005.
USF ST. PETERSBURG
Northern Trust executive named to campus board
A senior vice president for Northern Trust is the newest appointee to the USF St. Petersburg Campus Board.
Stephanie Goforth replaces Gus Stavros, who resigned in February to accept an appointment to the board created to oversee Florida's 11 state universities. A USF graduate with a bachelor's degree in business management, Goforth, 46, has more than 24 years of trust, investment and banking experience.
Goforth is a board member and treasurer of All Children's Hospital Foundation, the CASA board of trustees, the Heroes of St. Petersburg board and the St. Petersburg YMCA.
She joins USF St. Petersburg campus board members Debbie Sembler, William Habermeyer and Larry Morgan.
In CNN's promos, debate still scheduled for Sept. 17
Though the prevailing winds are seeming to lean toward a later date for CNN-YouTube Republican presidential debate scheduled in St. Petersburg Sept. 17, there's at least some suggestion that the date may not switch at all.
When asked if there was an update Wednesday, an official with CNN said there was none and then added: "It's probably worth noting to you that the Sept. 17 promos are still running on our air. So if you don't believe me that we haven't made a decision to move it yet, believe that."
Candidate Rudy Giuliani has cited a scheduling conflict with the debate.
Romney to take questions at campaign event Monday
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will hold a town hall-style meeting that is free and open to the public Monday in Tampa.
The former Massachusetts governor's "ask Mitt anything" event starts at 5:30 p.m. at La Teresita Restaurant at 3246 W Columbus Drive. The campaign asks people to RSVP toll free at 866-701-2079 or FloridaRSVP@MittRomney.com.
Earlier Monday, Romney will be campaigning in Daytona Beach and Melbourne.