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    Quote Originally Posted by bowieluva View Post
    I don't think there was a formal custody agreement, I think the mom did not give a fuck and let him take the kid.
    Yep what bowie said

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    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A Florida man accused of throwing his young daughter to her death off a Tampa Bay area bridge has been found competent to stand trial.

    Johnchuck, 27, was deemed incompetent in February 2015, the month after prosecutors say he dropped 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck into Tampa Bay. Friday’s ruling by Pinellas County Judge Joseph Bulone comes after state mental health doctors in January determined he was ready to stand trial.

    Prosecutors say they’re hoping for a fall trial.

    The Tampa Bay Times reports Jonchuck will remain at the state hospital in Gainesville until the case is closer to trial.

    Pinellas-Pasco Chief Assistant State Attorney Brian Bartlett says they’re concerned Jonchuck will become incompetent again if he’s not forced to take his medication.

    The state is seeking the death penalty.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/judge-da...o-stand-trial/

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    12.06.17 and there is still no word about a trial for this floridiot. mom has since been arrested once again for drug possession.
    http://www.skywaybridge.com/others/misener.htm

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    What an awesome website. Also the term "floridiot".

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    So this case has been delayed several times since we last updated it. Hopefully it will actually go to trial this time.

    https://www.tampabay.com/news/public...oebe_172068416

    The day John Jonchuck was supposed to go on trial in the murder of his 5-year-old daughter, attorneys met instead to discuss a new trial date.

    The trial was delayed after Jonchuck’s attorneys raised concerns about one of the prosecutors’ key expert witnesses last week. On Monday, Judge Chris Helinger reset the proceeding for March 18.

    By then it will have been more than four years since Phoebe Jonchuck was dropped from the Dick Misener Bridge just after midnight, on Jan. 8, 2015. Her father faces a first-degree murder charge.

    Jonchuck did not attend Monday’s hearing.

    Defense attorneys, who are expected to argue that Jonchuck was insane at the time of the crime and should therefore be found not guilty, filed a motion last week to exclude the testimony of psychiatrist Emily Lazarou. Hired by prosecutors, Lazarou evaluated Jonchuck over two days in October 2017 and May of this year and determined Jonchuck was a pyschopath, but not insane at the time of the crime, according to the motion.

    Lazarou’s full report on Jonchuck is not available in the court file. But defense attorneys offered a glimpse of it in their motion to exclude Lazarou, quoting from her analysis:

    "I do not believe that Mr. Jonchuck meets the insanity criteria," she wrote, according to the motion. Lazarou said Jonchuck was "malingering," or exaggerating his ailment to beat the case.

    "I believe that John knew exactly what he was doing," she wrote. "I believe that it was premeditated and the purpose of this senseless, horrific crime was to punish those he perceived to have loved Phoebe over him."

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    https://www.tampabay.com/news/pinell...rial-20190215/

    The case against John Jonchuck is heading back to court today, where lawyers are set to argue over the rules governing the very beginning and the very end of the trial.

    This afternoon's hearing is one of the last planned before the case heads to trial next month, scheduled for March 18. That is, if it doesn't gets delayed again.

    His public defenders have said they won't argue he didn't do it — rather that he was insane at the time of the crime. If they succeed, Jonchuck would likely spend years, if not the rest of his life, in a mental institution. If his defense team fails and he is convicted of first-degree murder, he would automatically serve a lifetime prison sentence, as prosecutors have dropped their bid to have him executed.

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    Here is a timeline on this case. It's really long so I won't copy it all. This part really pissed me off though. If only someone had done their job and stepped in, this poor little girl would be alive.

    https://www.tampabay.com/florida/201...-murder-trial/

    Jan. 1, 2015

    During the first week of January, John texts six people asking them to forgive him. No one responds. He also becomes obsessed with his stepmom’s Swedish Bible and spreads salt around the doorways to keep out evil spirits. He tells his stepmom Phoebe is a demon.

    Jan. 7, 2015

    John’s lawyer, Genevieve Torres, calls DCF, saying that he is delusional and has a child with him. Since John is at his stepmom’s house, and his stepmom also is there with Phoebe, DCF decides not to investigate. Later, John takes Phoebe to three churches, begging priests for an exorcism. When he comes out of one priest’s office, Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies are waiting. But the priest says John isn’t a danger to himself or anyone else. So they let him go. That night, he and Phoebe eat dinner with his parents and his mom, and fall asleep on the couch. About 10 p.m., his dad and stepmom hear the front door open.
    Jan. 8, 2015

    Around midnight, a policeman sees John speeding toward the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and pulls behind him, lights flashing. When John stops, the officer watches as he carries Phoebe to the bridge railing — and drops her into Tampa Bay. A rescue crew later finds her body floating. John leads police on a high-speed chase across the bridge and is eventually arrested and charged with murder, assault, fleeing and eluding police. Officers hold him for a mental evaluation. That night, the DCF secretary calls for an investigation into how Phoebe’s previous cases were handled.

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    https://www.tampabay.com/news/public...name-20190321/

    Questions about John Jonchuck’s sanity have dogged his criminal case since the day he was first accused of tossing his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe, from the Dick Misener Bridge in St. Petersburg.

    He has previously received treatment in a state hospital after being declared incompetent to stand trial.

    This week, Jonchuck himself put a name to his condition.

    Standing in court on the first day of what is expected to be a month-long murder trial, Jonchuck told Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Chris Helinger that he is being treated for schizoaffective disorder.

    "Essentially, you can think of it as a combination of a mood disorder and schizophrenia," said Jeffrey Danziger, a forensic psychiatrist based in Orlando who is not involved in Jonchuck's case.

    Like schizophrenia, the illness is marked by hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thoughts. But unlike schizophrenia, it also carries traits of an underlying depression and mania.

    It has no cure. But the symptoms can dissipate with medication.

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    http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-...s-mental-state

    Prosecutors spent Tuesday trying to poke holes in John Jonchuck's insanity defense. But they were interrupted by a surprise request from his defense attorneys, who had grown concerned about his current mental state.

    Last year, doctors pronounced him ready to face a jury, and his trial began two weeks ago. But defense attorneys said Tuesday that they were again concerned about Jonchuck's mental condition, claiming he has appeared confused and out of touch. They asked the judge to have him re-evaluated, and she agreed to pause the proceedings.

    It took Dr. Jill Poorman, the court psychologist, less than an hour to decide Jonchuck was still competent to stand trial. The judge scheduled the trial to pick back up tomorrow afternoon pending a second re-evaluation.

    Earlier, Tuesday started with the prosecution cross-examining defense witness Dr. Scot Machlus, the expert who said he thinks Jonchuck was insane at the time of the crime.

    Prosecutors methodically worked through the some of that statements Jonchuck made and actions that he took, trying to build their case for jurors that Jonchuck acted with malicious intent. As a possible motive, they are working to show that Jonchuck was feuding with his mother and also with Phoebe’s mother at the time.

    Prosecutors tried to make a point that just because you have a mental illness – does not necessarily mean you are insane.

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    https://www.fox4now.com/news/state/j...bridge-in-2015

    John Jonchuck was found guilty of first-degree murder for throwing his 5-year-old daughter off of a Tampa Bay area bridge in 2015. Jurors deliberated for approximately 7 hours on Monday and Tuesday before convicting Jonchuck on Tuesday. He was sentenced to life in prison.

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    https://www.tampabay.com/news/pinell...rial-20190426/

    John Jonchuck’s public defenders on Friday filed a motion asking for a new trial, arguing that several decisions made by the judge during the four-week murder trial that ended with a conviction this month were improper and unfair to Jonchuck.

    The motion laid out 11 reasons Jonchuck’s lawyers think he deserves a new trial, almost all related to pieces of evidence or testimony the judge either let the jury hear or didn’t.

    “The strength of the motion is how many issues there are,” public defender Jessica Manuele, who drafted the motion, said in a phone interview. “Where one thing may not have warranted a new trial alone, the totality of the errors should.”

    The motion will be weighed by the same judge who presided over the trial, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Chris Helinger, who can act upon it or set a hearing. Manuele said her team will likely file additional documents next week.

    The motion is significant because it’s the first of several post-conviction moves Jonchuck’s lawyers are likely to make, and it previews the appeal lawyers likely will later file if this motion fails.

    Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe said Friday that he hadn't seen the motion and wouldn't comment on the substance. But, he dismissed the tactic as “standard operating procedure.”

    “Every time we win a case, the defense lawyer will file a motion for new trial,” he said.

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