5 Things You Need to Know for Saturday, June 29th 2013
FLORIDA ELECTION OFFICIALS SHARE SUGGESTIONS
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-Florida election officials gave a presidential commission suggestions for improving the country's electoral process. State and county supervisors told the commission Friday that a reduction in early voting hours, a limited number of polling sites and a lengthy ballot led to the long lines and counting delays in Florida last November.
NEIGHBOR TESTIFIES ABOUT MARTIN-ZIMMERMAN FIGHT
SANFORD, Fla.- Two neighbors and a police officer gave accounts Friday in George Zimmerman's murder trial that seemed to bolster the neighborhood watch volunteer's contention that he was on his back and being straddled by Trayvon Martin during their confrontation. All three were called as witnesses for prosecutors who are trying to convict him of second-degree murder.
TAMPA MAN ACCUSED OF CUTTING UP DOG FOR FOOD
TAMPA, Fla.- A Tampa man has been charged with animal cruelty after police say he strangled a family dog, then cut up its body parts and stored it in the freezer for future meals. A police statement says 25-year-old Elliot Huggins was arrested Friday morning on the animal cruelty charge.
FLORIDA IMMIGRANT GROUPS URGE CONGRESS TO PASS REFORM
MIAMI, Fla.- Florida immigrant groups are urging Congress to move forward with comprehensive reform after the passage of a bill in the U.S. Senate. Florida Immigrant Coalition Executive Director Maria Rodriguez spoke alongside a dozen immigrants and advocates holding up signs Friday at Miami's historic Freedom Tower.
FLORIDA LINEBACKER AVOIDS BATTERY PROSECUTION
ALACHUA, Fla.- Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison, who was accused of punching a bouncer, will likely not be prosecuted. The State Attorney's Office in Alachua County filed a deferred prosecution form Thursday. That means Morrison won't be prosecuted for the battery charge as long as he stays out of trouble for six months.