Trial date set for Zecca
A federal judge on Thursday set a tentative trial date of Feb. 25 for Marathon marina manager and retired Coast Guard commanding officer Dennis Zecca.
U.S. District Court Judge Jose E. Martinez also set a pretrial conference for Feb. 21 in Miami. It appears unlikely that Zecca would proceed to trial so soon after his Dec. 21 arrest; lawyers on both sides could request a continuance, or delay.
Zecca on Monday pleaded not guilty to murder-for-hire, transfer of a firearm to a convicted felon, conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, and attempt to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.
He faces life in prison if convicted.
Druckemiller nets more charges
Former city plumber Brandon Druckemiller, charged with armed robbery and trying to bring cocaine into jail last week, was additionally charged Thursday with three counts of failure to comply with the terms of his previous jail release, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin.
Druckemiller had been out on bail awaiting trial on an unrelated burglary charge when he reportedly robbed a cab driver and hotel clerk last week with a BB gun, reports say. His arrest on those charges violated the terms of his release in October on felony burglary charges, Herrin said.
He was implicated, but not charged, in the county-owned iPad and iPhone scandal, which led to his dismissal from the city. His mother, a former county employee, is charged in that case.
Bridge jumper is jailed
A Massachusetts man who reportedly fell head-first off the Seven Mile Bridge after a police chase Monday night was charged Thursday upon his release from the hospital.
Dale Dorasa, 45, was charged with drunken driving, fleeing and eluding and resisting arrest. He reportedly had been drinking all day when he led a deputy on a chase up to 90 mph before breaking down on the bridge and getting out of his rental car about 11 p.m. He allegedly refused deputies' commands, and "purposely went head-first over the concrete barrier," falling at least 100 feet.
He was released from Monroe County Detention Center Thursday after posting $26,000 bail.