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Michel Escoto questions ex-girlfriend in murder trial

A man accused of killing his wife less than a week after they were married questioned his ex-girlfriend in court Wednesday, one day after she testified in his murder trial that she helped him plan the crime. Michel Escoto, who is acting as his own attorney, is accused of strangling his new bride, Wendy Trapaga, in 2002 to collect her $1 million life insurance policy. Escoto wasn’t charged until 2005 after he stopped trying to collect the insurance money. Prosecutors objected to almost every question Escoto asked Yolanda Cerrillo as he cross-examined her. Among the odd range of questions, Escoto did manage to ask Cerrillo if she hated Trapaga. “I hated what she stood for,” Cerrillo said. “I didn’t know who she was. I didn’t… I hated the whole situation. I hated that you left. I hated that she was pregnant.” Escoto then asked if Cerrillo wanted her dead. “I wished she would go away,” Cerrillo replied. Cerrillo testified Tuesday that she was desperately in love with Escoto and did everything possible to keep him in her life, including helping him practice killing his wife. She explained how Escoto originally planned to drown her, but Cerrillo told her it would not work because it would leave bruises. Prosecutors offered …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Religion

ANALYSIS: Pope Francis fired ‘Bishop Bling.’ Will more follow?

By David Gibson (RNS) The news that Pope Francis has fired the German churchman known as “Bishop Bling” set off speculation that other dismissals could be in the offing. Don’t hold your breath. Here’s why. The post ANALYSIS: Pope Francis fired ‘Bishop Bling.’ Will more follow? appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Local News

Carnival Ecstasy rescues 41 Cuban migrants

A cruise ship came to the rescue of dozens of Cuban migrants on an overloaded boat that was taking on water in the Florida Straits. The U.S. Coast Guard said the Carnival Ecstasy spotted the migrants’ vessel Tuesday evening. A Coast Guard news release said the small boat wasn’t seaworthy and lacked life jackets and navigation equipment. Ecstasy crew members pulled 41 migrants to safety. The migrants were then transferred to a Coast Guard cutter patrolling the area. Coast Guard Capt. Todd Lutes said the migrants’ voyage could have ended in tragedy if it wasn’t for the Ecstasy. The migrants likely will be returned to Cuba. Cubans who make it to U.S. shores generally are allowed to stay under the so-called “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy. Cubans stopped at sea usually are returned home. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Education

You're invited to #FAU's Open House on April 5! Get all your questions about our...

By Florida Atlantic University You’re invited to #FAU’s Open House on April 5! Get all your questions about our programs, housing and services answered face-to-face by our faculty and staff. Cover Photos …read more Source: FAU Facebook feed     ...
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