Dan Sullivan - Courts reporter

Courts reporter

I got into this business because I like telling stories. The best stories, I think, are ones that touch on themes of justice and injustice, compassion and forgiveness, choices and consequences. You can find a lot of that in the local court and criminal justice system, which I write about for the Times. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, went to high school in Massachusetts, and came to Florida for college. I graduated from the University of Tampa in 2006. My wife, Meg, is a teacher. Outside work, I enjoy long walks, road trips, and reading public records. I’m a nerd.

  1. Granville Ritchie arrives Friday in the courtroom of Circuit Judge Michelle Sisco to stand trial in the slaying of 9-year-old Felecia Williams.
    Prosecutors present their case against Granville Ritchie, accused in the 2014 rape and murder of Felecia Williams. Ritchie faces the death penalty.
  2. Granville Ritchie, center, who's accused of murder in the 2014 strangulation death of 9-year-old Felecia Williams is present during the final day of jury selection at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa, Florida on Thursday, September 12, 2019.
    The jury of nine women and six men was chosen after four days of questioning, including inquiries about their feelings on the death penalty.
  3. Granville Ritchie is seen in a Tampa courtroom just prior to jury selection Monday. Ritchie is accused in the May 2014 killing of 9-year-old Felecia Williams.
    Jury selection continued in the murder trial of Granville Ritchie, who is accused of strangling 9-year-old Felecia Williams in 2014.
  4. Kevin McCall, attending the trial of the man who shot to death his son Ryan, didn't realize he was learning to cope with his grief until he re-read some of the journals he kept at the time. Now, he has turned them into a book.
    Kevin McCall kept journals in the years after the death of his son, Ryan. They form the narrative of his new book.
  5. Felecia Demerson, left, is seen in this undated photo with her daughter, Felecia Williams, who was known as Sugar Plum. Williams was 9 when she disappeared in 2014 and was later found dead near the Courtney Campbell Causeway. The trial of the man accused in her death is set to begin this week.
    Generous and helpful, Felecia Demerson made friends easily. Her mother holds dear their time together as trial starts for the man accused in her death.
  6. Temple Terrace police Chief Ken Albano, right, holds a photo of the suspect in the killing of Felecia Williams. The girl's mother, Felecia Demerson, and family representative Ariel Garcia, left, join in asking the public for information. [TIMES | 2014]
    Granville Ritchie, 40, is accused in the May 2014 killing of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. His trial is set for Sept. 9.
  7. Assistant State Attorney Scott Rosenwasser, left, hugs Michael McGlockton, right, soon after a jury handed down a guilty verdict in the 2018 shooting death of his son, Markeis McGlockton. The jury found defendant Michael Drejka guilty of manslaughter at 10:41 p.m. Friday night.  On the far left is Pinellas-Pasco Assistant State Attorney Fred Schaub. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
    The infamous Clearwater parking lot shooting case ends with a guilty verdict. Drejka will be sentenced at a later date.
  8. Defendant Michael Drejka, front, enters the courtroom with his attorney William Flores, center, on Friday in Pinellas County.
    The weeklong trial went to the jury Friday afternoon. That night, the judge couldn’t offer any clarity on their question.
  9. Defense attorney John Trevena addresses members of the jury during closing arguments Friday in the manslaughter trial of Michael Drejka.
    We’re doing live updates in the manslaughter trial of Michael Drejka, accused in the July 2018 shooting death of Markeis McGlockton.
  10. Video that shows the fatal shooting of Markeis McGlockton is scheduled to be shown at regular speed and in slow motion to the jury hearing the manslaughter trial of Michael Drejka. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
    A year ago, an argument over a handicap space ended with a fatal shot. Issues of race, stand your ground and attorney behavior drew national attention to the trial.