Attorneys proceed to finalize depositions of the 4 circuit court docket judges Sumter County lawyer Edward Juan Lynum is accused of threatening.
Throughout Lynum’s felony court docket listening to Wednesday, Could 5, over Zoom, the Wildwood 45-year-old’s personal lawyer, Charles Vaughn, advised Citrus County Circuit Choose Richard “Ric” Howard the depositions have been scheduled for Could 9 and 19.
“It took some time to get these set,” Vaughn stated, “however we’re transferring ahead.”
Assistant State Lawyer Joseph Church advised Howard Circuit Courtroom Choose Mary Hatcher is asking to reschedule her deposition so she will be able to select flowers for her daughter’s wedding ceremony.
“I hoped all of the witnesses can be very to point out up for his or her assignments,” Howard replied earlier than setting Lynum’s subsequent court docket date for June 30.
Arrested Jan. 5 at a comfort retailer in his hometown, Lynum was charged with eight felony counts of issuing threats in connection to his alleged social media posts from October 2019 to July.
He was launched from custody Jan. 19 after posting bail on a $40,000 bond.
Prosecutors alleged Lynum threatened Hatcher and three different Sumter County circuit court docket judges — Michelle Morley, Paul Militello and retired decide Daniel Merritt Sr. — to vary the ruling of his divorce case.
Lynum’s case was transferred to Citrus County after a decide granted a change of venue.
If convicted as charged, Lynum faces a potential jail sentence of between 53 months and 80 years.
Additionally on Wednesday in court docket over Zoom: DUI, hit-and-run manslaughter instances progress
Howard heard the standing of a handful of legal instances linked to 4 separate lethal crashes allegedly attributable to both impaired or neglectful motorists. Right here’s what occurred:
After Shelby Gabrielle Collazo’s lawyer of 1 month, Kali Stauss, advised him the protection had but to depose a single witness, Howard scheduled Collazo’s subsequent court docket date for June 30.
Stauss stated the Public Defender’s Workplace didn’t begin depositions when it represented Collazo after the Beverly Hills 26-year-old’s October arrest for the single-vehicle crash in Citrus Hills that killed her 3-year-old youngster and injured 5 others.
Assistant State Lawyer Blake Shore advised Howard he had no objection to Stauss’ request for a continuance.
Shore additionally made an oral movement to acquire Collazo’s DNA to match with DNA discovered on a discharged airbag. Stauss didn’t object to the prosecutor’s request.
It’s alleged Collazo was driving north on North Jill Avenue when she couldn’t make a flip on the intersection with West Cave Courtroom, inflicting her SUV to strike a tree head on.
Earlier than her arrest, Collazo refused a voluntary blood draw earlier than she failed sobriety workouts.
Prosecutors charged her with DUI manslaughter involving a baby and 4 counts of DUI involving accidents.
Howard set Dianna Malorri Faso’s subsequent court docket listening to for June 30.
Sam Williams, Faso’s lawyer, advised the decide he and Shore took quite a lot of depositions, however nonetheless need to interview the health worker who investigated the 2019 crash in Inverness.
Shore stated he expects Faso’s case to resolve quickly with both a trial or with the Floral Metropolis 60-year-old altering her not-guilty plea to the 2 DUI-manslaughter prices.
It’s alleged Faso had medicine in her system in the course of the June 28 collision at U.S. 41’s junction with Highland Boulevard, which killed 75-year-old Pleasure Peterkin and her 90-year-old passenger, Salem Chard. Faso was hospitalized with critical accidents.
Howard set June 30 as Robert Franklyn Crabb’s subsequent court docket listening to date for his deadly hit-and-run case.
Crabb, a Dunnellon 35-year-old, faces a first-degree felony cost of leaving a crash involving a demise in connection to the Feb. 8, 2020, collision that killed 37-year-old Michael Todd Gilkerson whereas he was biking on West Dunnellon Street.
Authorities arrested Crabb in January, following a year-long investigation.
Janis Marie Bressan-Stacey’s subsequent court docket date for her DUI-manslaughter case was scheduled for June 30, Howard ordered.
It’s alleged the Homosassa 65-year-old was impaired the afternoon of Dec. 29, when the automobile she was driving on U.S. 19, south of the U.S. 98 junction, fatally struck Jereme Harmon whereas the Homosassa 43-year-old was jogging on the freeway.