Murder and Homicide

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Deerfield Woman Hides Murdered Roommate in Garment Bag

    Broward Sheriff's Deputies found the body of a 68-year-old woman who had been murdered and stored in a garment bag after they were called to check on the woman. The officers found a garment bag hidden inside a closet in an apartment located on 4255 Crystal Lake Drive after a friend of the victim ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Broward Judge Ana Gardiner Disbarred by Florida Supreme Court

    Former embattled Broward Circuit Judge Ana Gardiner has been disbarred from practicing law by the Florida Supreme Court. Back in 2008, New Times broke the story of Gardiner's improper sexual relationship with then-prosecutor and Assistant State Attorney Howard Scheinberg during a death penalty tri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Miami Police Officer's Girlfriend Charged With Second-Degree Murder In Pembroke Pines

    The girlfriend of Miami Police Officer Carl Patrick, who was fatally shot at his Pembroke Pines home, has been booked into the main Broward County jail on a second-degree murder charge. Tiniko Thompson was arrested Wednesday shortly after a warrant for her arrest was issued, and she was booked into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Machete-Wielding Man Fatally Shot by BSO Identified

    The identity of the machete-wielding man who was shot and killed by a BSO deputy has been released by the Broward Sheriff's Office. Homicide detectives say Deosaran Maharaj, 51, was the man who allegedly threatened a woman with a machete and was later shot and killed by BSO Deputy Paul Yesbeck aft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Prime Suspect in Tiffany Sessions 1989 Disappearance Named by Detectives

    Detectives are set to announce who they believe to be the suspect in the 1989 disappearance of Tiffany Sessions, a University of Florida student. The Sessions case has been one of Florida's most notorious unsolved crimes, but now the Alachua County Sheriff's Office is poised to announce that Paul R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Aaron Hernandez Linked to Double-Homicide, According to Warrant

    Former New England Patriot and Florida Gator, Aaron Hernandez, was in an SUV when someone inside the vehicle shot two people to death in Boston in 2012. This according to a recently released search warrant filed in Connecticut. According to the Hartford Courant, the warrant goes into some details o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Gus Boulis, Miami Subs Founder, Murder Trial Finally Begins

    Gus Boulis' green BMW was pinned between two cars. One had halted directly in front of him as he pulled out of his office building parking lot. The other appeared from the opposite direction as a dark blur in the vacant Ft. Lauderdale street. Boulis' killer was facing him from the opposite car. Boul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Stand Your Ground Increased Florida's Justifiable Homicides by 200 Percent, Study Says

    So is Stand Your Ground on the ropes or here to stay? Since the outrage boiling over after the George Zimmerman trial verdict, there's been a lot of talk across the state about reforming the shoot-first legislation. But even if -- somehow -- the political will shifted toward dismantling the NRA's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Lauderdale Lakes Man Who Gunned Down Tow Truck Driver Indicted

    A Broward County grand jury has indicted the man who gunned down David Herr, the 36-year-old tow truck driver that tried to tow his illegally parked vehicle several weeks ago. According to a BSO report, the man, 31-year-old Triston Johnson of Lauderdale Lakes, pulled a gun and shot Herr several tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    George Zimmerman Judge Might Allow Voice Experts

    George Zimmerman's lawyers want the 911 tape of screaming voices to be played in court. They say the voice belongs to Zimmerman, who is supposedly screaming for help while grappling with Trayvon Martin. The prosecution says the voice belongs to Martin, moments before he was slain by Zimmerman. On ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Three Men Charged in Boca Raton Bartender Murder at Josephine's Italian Restaurant

    Three men are facing charges in connection with the shooting of a manager/bartender at Josephine's Italian Restaurant in Boca Raton.According to WPEC, Channel 12 news, Quinton Redell Sylvestre, 26, of Fort Lauderdale; Samuel Magic Walker, 27, of Lauderdale Lakes; and Adalberto Junior Montalvo, 29, o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Pain & Gain: Former Coral Springs Firefighter Denies Connection to Infamous Murders

    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives think that former Coral Springs firefighter Santiago Gonzalez maybe, possibly, might have been part of the infamous Pain & Gain killings (now a major motion picture starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, based on a New Times stor ... More >>

  • News

    July 26, 2012
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    March 21, 2012

    Frederica Wilson on Trayvon Martin: "I Am Tired of Burying Young Black Boys" (VIDEO)

    ​South Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson took to the House floor yesterday and slammed authorities for their inaction in the case of Trayvon Martin, the Miami Gardens 17-year-old who was killed in Martin County last month, calling shooter George Zimmerman "a renegade wannabe policeman neighbo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Dalia Dippolito Murder-for-Hire Story on Investigation Discovery Tonight

    Improbable as it may sound, there is an entire television series devoted to people who hire hit men to kill their loved/hated ones. The Investigation Discovery show Nothing Personal is hosted by Steve Schirripa, the jovial comedian who played Bobby Baccalieri on The Sopranos. Now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Second Suspect Arrested in Jimmy McMillan's Death Identified by Alleged Shooter's Mom

    The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrested a second suspect in the death of Belle Glade grocery store owner Jimmy McMillan, after he was identified by the mother of the alleged shooter.Jonathan Jones now joins Corey Graham Jr. in the Palm Beach County Jail on charges related to McMillan's death ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Rothstein on Melissa Lewis Murder: "Everyone Knows I Wasn't Involved"

    ​He's a Ponzi schemer, a fraudster, involved with corrupt politicians and the Mob, but Scott Rothstein insists he's not a murderer.Under intense questioning by attorney Mary Barzee Flores during a deposition last month, the  "Prince of Darkness" vehemently denied being involved in the 2008 mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Cheryl Hepner Allegedly Shot Her Son-in-Law, Which He Recorded on His iPhone

    Broward Sheriff's OfficeCheryl Hepner​Expecting that some sort of confrontation might take place when he picked up his son from his estranged mother-in-law's house, 39-year-old Salvatore Miglino started the video recorder on his iPhone.Sure enough, the cops say she shot him.Cheryl Hepner, 66, is n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Fort Lauderdale Men Killed Six Days and a Few Doors Apart; Cops Say Homicides Not Related

    ​The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is currently investigating the deaths of two men who were killed six days apart and only a few doors down from each other.The first victim was 51-year-old Eugene "Bow-Leg" Lynch, who was found shot to death in a residence at 837 NW Tenth Terrance on the after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Amanda Rice Stevenson, 96 Years Old, Arrested for Allegedly Murdering Her Nephew

    St. Augustine Police DepartmentAmanda Rice Stevenson, 96, is charged with murder.​Amanda Rice Stevenson is 96 years old.She also allegedly shot and killed her nephew last night by firing a round from a .357 Magnum into his chest.St. Augustine Police Department spokesman Mark Samson says the co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Clem Beauchamp Charged With Three Murders, Including Kids Stuffed in Bags Found in Canal

    Palm Beach County Sheriff's OfficeClem Beauchamp​Clem Beauchamp has been charged with the murders of his girlfriend's children -- who were found dead and stuffed in suitcases in a canal between Delray Beach and Boca Raton -- as well as the death of the girlfriend herself, who turned up dead at a t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Slobodan Dragic's Facebook Page Offers Peek Into Life of Accused Killer

    Dragic's Facebook profile photo.​On Thursday, deputies say, Slobodan Dragic's divorce from his wife, Jelena, reached a bloody end. During an argument on their front lawn, Dragic pulled out a .38-caliber gun and shot her in the shoulder. "You are killing me," Jelena cried out, before Dragic leveled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Extra Reading on the Calvin Williams Murder

    Calvin Williams was killed May 14.​This week's New Times feature story focuses on the murder of Calvin Williams, 41, a special-ed teacher at L.C. Swain Middle School in Greenacres. In May, a lover allegedly shot and killed Williams in his Riviera Beach apartment.Lawrence Hunt, 20, told police that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Tony Villegas' Competency Hearing Postponed Until Day of Ex-Wife's Sentencing

    Tony Villegas' trial is on hold.​Tony Villegas arrived in Broward County Court this morning looking weary after more than two years in jail, his thin face hidden by a scruffy brown beard. He sat quietly, cuffed hands in his lap, wearing a black-and-white striped shirt that set him apart from the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Burglars Got Worst of Saturday Night Encounter With Broward Sheriffs Deputies

    Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Geoffrey Brown injured his leg Saturday night after he and his partner interrupted a burglary at an unoccupied Southwest Ranches home. But a BSO news release indicates Brown was released later that night. One of the suspect burglars was not so lucky.

  • News

    April 29, 2010
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    April 28, 2010

    Melissa Britt Lewis Memorial Slideshow

    This week's New Times feature story is an-depth look at the murder of Melissa Britt Lewis, a young attorney at the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Alder firm who was killed more than a year before Rothstein's massive Ponzi scheme imploded. Melissa's best friend, Debra Villegas, is in a federal courtroom today ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Debra Villegas, Melissa Lewis, and the Round Up Connection

    Debra Villegas (left) liked to party at Round Up.​On the night her best friend was murdered in March 2008, Debra Villegas was partying with friends at the Round Up Country Western Club in Davie.This wasn't unusual for Debra, the former chief operating officer at the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Suspect in Barbecue Stabbing Was Arrested, Then Released

    Photo: BSOPetigny​As I was posting this article yesterday about the search for murder suspect Tony Petigny, I noticed that in his mug shot, Petigny had a swollen right eye -- just like the Broward Sheriff's Office release said.After another New Times staffer noticed the same thing, I asked BSO whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Arrest Made in 2004 Carjacking Murder

    Photo: Broward Sheriff's OfficeMcCall​Renalto Obos was shot dead in November 2004 while sitting in a car on Northwest 3rd Avenue with his girlfriend. It was robbery gone awry. The killer wore a mask, and due to the random nature of the crime, Broward Sheriff's Office couldn't find a suspect until ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Febonio Murder Update: Alfaro Ditches Public Defender, Hires Lauderdale Criminal Attorney

    Gearing up for some courtroom drama in the Febonio murder case​It looks like the murder trial of Jose Alfaro, charged with the premeditated, first-degree murder of his friend Steve Febonio, is gearing up to be a cliff-hanger. This month, state prosecutors told West Palm Beach Judge Amy Smith that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Parkland Grow House Raid Raises New Questions About Stephen Febonio's Murder

    Was Febonio's frozen body moved in and out of a Parkland grow house while DEA agents watched?​When the DEA raided a Parkland grow house at 7773 NW 124th Terrace on September 12, 2007 -- was Stephen Febonio's body crammed into a freezer in that very garage? Or had the freezer been moved out just da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Hot Tip on Cold Case: Fugitive Arrested Nearly a Decade After Murder

    This February 4, Yakoub Levy would have had his 10-year anniversary as a fugitive from justice. Instead, the man wanted in a 2000 homicide in Fort Lauderdale will spend it in a jail cell. The Fort Lauderdale Police are reporting that Levy, one of three suspects in a killing that took place at 2217 N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2009

    More Questions Than Answers in Murder of Deerfield Beach Man

    ​Here's what we know: This past Tuesday, Chad Fleming, 31, from Deerfield Beach was delivered to a Massachusetts hospital -- after he had already died. In fact, doctors found he'd been dead for several hours. Fleming had been beaten to death. The man who dropped him off at the hospital, Nelson Mel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Morning Juice: Reticent Witnesses in Boynton; Biden Visits Boca

    ​An extra-spooky, Halloween Eve edition of the MJ:Junior Cesar, the 30-year-old man who was shot dead Wednesday night at a basketball court in Boynton Beach's Pence Park is the older brother of Jesse Cesar, who was 22 when he was murdered just before he could testify against a gang member accused ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    North Florida Murder, South Florida Evidence, Leads to North Pennsylvania Arrest

    A multijurisdictional murder case started, it appears, when Broward sheriff's deputies responded to a Crimestoppers tip that a red Mazda truck left at the Greyhound bus stop in Fort Lauderdale was involved in a murder. The truck was registered to 76-year-old Tommy Lee Kellum of Lake City, Florida. A ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 12, 2009

    Unlucky 13

    Pro Wrestling Fusion plans a night of horrors

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2008
  • News

    October 4, 2007

    Curse of the Dead

    Anna Nicole's ghost could go home at last — if some trial hotshots get their way

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2007

    Story of the Day

    Who killed the Birdman? David Ovalle writes a great story in the Miami Herald this morning about a true South Florida character ... who was beaten to death in the daylight on a matress he slept on behind a gas station.

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2007

    Bad Beginnings

    I know it's 2007, but it's starting to feel a lot like 1994. It's all those bullets flying I guess. News of babies and retirees being shot takes you back to the crime wave of the early 90s that started towards the end of another Bush's stay in the White House. I was in Fort Myers at the time, coveri ... More >>

  • News

    February 17, 2005

    Unusual Suspects, Part 3

    A mercenary knocks, almost everybody talks, and a new light shines on two mysterious deaths

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    The Captain of Deceit Strikes Again

    Richard Scheff still can't get the story of the Frank Lee Smith case straight -- and he doesn't seem to care

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Snitch and Whitewash

    The state need not look far when investigating the murder of a Broward deputy. But it will have to look deep.

  • News

    April 25, 2002

    The Wrong Keith

    The case against accused cop-killer Keith King was so weak, he's already out of prison. So why did BSO ignore evidence pointing to Keith Maddox?

  • News

    June 28, 2001

    A Single Hair

    After a severely flawed trial, Michael Rivera was convicted of killing a little girl. New DNA evidence may help him.

  • News

    April 22, 1999

    Secrets and Crimes

    Four years after hed been convicted of murder in Belgium, Jean-FranCois Buslik was a pilot and a family man living quietly in North Palm Beach. Then justice came calling.

  • News

    February 11, 1999

    Dead Man Waiting

    Billy Elledge brutally raped and murdered a woman in Hollywood 25 years ago. He has sat in prison since then, evidence that Florida's death penalty isn't working.

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