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The case of Virgilo Aguilar-Mendez

Virgilio Aguilar-Mendez
Virgilio Aguilar-Mendez

Prosecutors last week dismissed charges against Virgilio Aguilar-Mendez, the Guatemalan teenager initially accused in the death of St. Johns County police Sgt. Michael Kunovich. The incident unfolded as the officer approached Aguilar-Mendez, a farm worker he deemed suspicious, leading to a confrontation and subsequent struggle. Kunovich died of a heart attack shortly afterward. Aguilar-Mendez faced initial charges of aggravated manslaughter, and the case triggered a nationwide outcry. Today, we explore the broader implications for immigration and our criminal justice system.


Abortion challenges

The landmark reversal of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court has triggered a cascade of both anticipated and unforeseen consequences. Since June 2022, 21 states have taken measures to either outright ban abortion or impose significant restrictions on the procedure, often well before the fetus reaches viability. Investigative reporter Laura Morel talks with us about an upcoming episode of the Reveal podcast in which she explores the increasing challenges that Kelly Flynn faces as president and CEO of A Woman's Choice, a Jacksonville abortion provider.

Events in Jax

We’re a week into the month of March, and there's a jam-packed schedule of fun-filled events across the First Coast. Yaya Cardona of Cre8Jax gives us the inside scoop on some must-attend events.

Read her full list.

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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.