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07/12/16: The Death Of St. Augustine Priest Rene Robert; First Coast Connect Book Club; Ethan Murrow


The Death of St. Augustine Priest Rene Robert

A Georgia prosecutor is seeking the death penalty in the murder of 71-year-old Father Rene Robert of St. Augustine, who was killed last April Burke County Georgia.

A deeply troubled young man, 28-year-old Steven Murray, has already confessed to the crime.

Tobert was a priest firmly opposed to the death penalty, so much so that he signed a document called a “Declaration of Life,” declaring that if he should ever himself be murdered, he did not want to see his killer be put to death.

Florida Times-Union investigative reporter Eileen Kelley examined this and other aspects of the case, including Murray's history of being sexually assaulted, in a recent article. She joins us to discuss it

First Coast Connect Book Club

In this month's edition of the First Coast Connect Book Club, book club leader Stacey Goldring  stops by with a look at the influence of famed literary editor Maxwell Perkins on the work of author Thomas Wolfe.

Learn more about the First Coast Connect Book Club here.

Ethan Murrow

Boston-based artist Ethan Murrow is bringing his photorealistic drawings to the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville this summer.

His work, "Plethora," will be the featured art is in MOCA's Project Atrium exhibit.

We speak with Murrow about the piece. 

Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.