First Read: Friday, February 7, 2014

Feb 7, 2014

Michael Dunn, Pop Tarts, and lethal injection are in the headlines today.

Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and and across the country. We'll also preview some of WJCT's upcoming news programming.

Opening statements and testimony begins Dunn trial: The trial of Michael Dunn for the killing of Jordan Davis opened yesterday with high emotion and choice words as eyes around the country watched. (WJCT)

"Pop Tart Law" moving in Florida legislature: A law to allow pro-2nd Amendment and pro-gun shirts to be worn in schools following controversy over a Maryland student suspended for biting their Pop Tart into the shape of a gun has been proposed by state lawmakers. (News4Jax)

Tiffany Sessions case break decades after disappearance: Paul Rowles, a convicted murderer and rapist who died in jail last year, has been named as a suspect in the disappearance of a University of Florida student 25 years ago. (WJCT)

Three dead after S. Florida boat capsized: The bodies of three people were found inside the hull of a 24-foot boat that capsized 75 miles northeast of West Palm Beach on Thursday. (NBC News)

New Florida execution drug under review after court order: The Florida Supreme Court has ordered a review of the new drug used in the state's lethal injection cocktail in the case of  a Death Row inmate scheduled for execution later this month. (News Service of Florida via Orlando Sentinel)

JSO Officer loses reprimand challenge in Perrywinkle case: A Jacksonville police sergeant  lost a challenge he made to a reprimand he received related to the June 2013 abduction and slaying of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle. (Florida Times-Union)

FSU's Jameis Winston commits through junior year: Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston has confirmed that he plans to remain a Seminole through his junior season. (Fansided)

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