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Clay Curtsinger case: Drop DeBary man’s murder charge, attorney says

Charges against a DeBary man accused of murder should be dropped, his attorney argued in paperwork filed in Orlando this week.

Clay Curtsinger, 47, is accused of gunning down his girlfriend’s ex-husband in a neighborhood near the Orlando International Airport last month.

Curtsinger initially told investigators he fatally shot Jack Radke on Budworth Circle in self-defense.

Deputies found Curtsinger’s gun but no firearm was found with Radke.

Curtsinger’s attorney, David R. Damore of Daytona Beach, filed a two-page motion to dismiss the case on Thursday (August 17). The attorney raised eight reasons for dismissal, including  “facts that support the Defendant’s immunity from prosecution.”

Damore filed other motions, including one aimed at tossing Curtsinger’s statements to investigators.

Curtsinger gunned down Radke, 48, with a Taurus 9mm handgun at roughly 6:30 p.m. Friday (July 7) on Budworth Circle in the Eagle Creek subdivision in the Lake Nona area, his arrest affidavit states.

Curtsinger, while driving a white Dodge Ram pickup truck, pulled next to a white Ford van and immediately shot Radke, the affidavit said.

Curtsinger told 911 callers he shot Radke because he pulled a gun on him and was defending himself, the report says.

He was originally accused of first-degree murder. The Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office officially charged Curtsinger with second-degree murder.

People convicted of second-degree murder in Florida are not eligible for the death penalty. The maximum sentence for that crime is life in prison.

Curtsinger remains jailed without bond at the Orange Couty Jail.

Records show he’s entered a written plea of not guilty.

A pretrial conference in the case is set for Oct. 17.

Seven spent shell casings and the 9mm were found inside Curtsinger’s pickup truck. Radke was shot six times.

Radke’s ex-wife, Carla Radke, said they got divorced about four years ago, officials said.

She said she recently developed a relationship with Curtsinger, an old boyfriend, and they opened a joint checking account.

She said Curtsinger was at her house pressure washing her house before the shooting.

curtsinger motion to dismiss

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DeBary officials attend Florida League gathering in Orlando

The kids are back to school. Now it’s class time for Florida leaders — at the World Center Marriott in Orlando.

DeBary officials this week joined scores of other officials from across the Sunshine State for an annual conference hosted by the Florida League of Cities in Orlando.

All but one elected DeBary leader – Mayor Bob Garcia — was scheduled to attend. Interim DeBary Manager Ron McLemore also was scheduled to attend, according to Florida League of Cities spokeswoman Erika Branchcomb.

Interim DeBary Manager Ron McLemore also was scheduled to attend, according to Florida League of Cities spokeswoman Erika Branchcomb.

“Yes, I am in attendance at the Florida League of Cities Conference. I sit on the Transportation & Governmental Relations Committee,” City Council Vice Chair Lita Handy-Peters said in an email to DeBaryLife.

“Attending Ethics class 1st up Sunshine Law #FLCities2017,” City Council member Erika Benfield said on Twitter.

City Council member Mike Brady said the conference is a good learning opportunity.

“I have attended an Ethics and Sunshine Law seminar, a seminar of the City’s Role in the Opioid Epidemic, and plan to attend seminars on Response and Recovery as it relates to FEMA and Insurance Claims, a seminar on Home Rule, a seminar on the Homestead Exemption Legislation recently passed by the state Legislature, and a seminar on City Ballot Initiatives,” Brady said in an email.

“There is also an opportunity to network with elected officials from other municipalities on best practices,” he added.

DeBary’s estimated cost to send the officials to the conference was not available Thursday.

About 1,000 city officials from across Florida attend the annual conference to “share ideas, attend educational workshops and sessions, discuss strategies for Florida’s future, determine League policies, and visit the Municipal Marketplace,” the league’s website said.

The 91st annual conference runs through Saturday.

Twitter feeds on Thursday showed elected and appointed officials attended a discussion during the conference about the nation’s opioid epidemic.

“We knew when we shut down the pill mills, people would move to heroin, ” West Palm Beach-based State Attorney Dave Aronberg is quoted as saying on Dr. Scott Paine‏’s twitter account.

Review the agenda for the conference below:

2017-flc-conference-program

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SunRail: 8 events on Saturday

Sports and the arts are on tap for what is shaping up to be a busy Saturday in Central Florida.

And you can leave your car behind to check it all out on SunRail.

Special Sunrail Saturday service returns to metro Orlando this weekend, offering trips to at least eight big events, including the second round of the NCAA March Madness.

Check out the schedule below or click here.

Regular charges for the train are in effect. See the video above for details.

On Saturday, the first train leaves DeBary at 10 a.m. The last train returns to the River City at 1:18 a.m. Sunday.

SunRail riders can get rides to these eight spotlighted events: