‘The kind of thing I see in motor vehicle crashes’
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‘The kind of thing I see in motor vehicle crashes’

Chief medical examiner details result of brutal beating EDITOR’S NOTE: This story contains discussion of sexuality and graphic details of a murder. It is not advisable for children to read. Following harrowing testimony of how Aileen Seiden was beaten so badly that nearly all her ribs were broken, with neither of her traveling companions ever…

‘How the heck do I react to this?’
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‘How the heck do I react to this?’

Friend testifies how he turned in suspects in Aileen Seiden murder The Davie boat captain who alerted authorities of the whereabouts of the two people who were later charged with the murder of a South Florida woman at an Eastpoint motel nearly six years ago took the witness stand Tuesday. Michael Picavet, called as a…

A body found, a room in disarray
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A body found, a room in disarray

Seiden trial resumes Monday with FDLE crime scene analyst on the stand The murder trial of Zachary Abell, accused of taking part in the beating death of Aileen Seiden nearly six years ago in Eastpoint, ended on a cliffhanger moment Friday afternoon. The testimony of Ivan Brenes, the FDLE crime scene analyst who collected evidence…

Opening arguments set for Friday morning in Seiden murder trial
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Opening arguments set for Friday morning in Seiden murder trial

Jury selection takes two full days Opening arguments in the Aileen Seiden murder trial are scheduled to begin Friday morning, following a full day of selecting a 12-member jury. The 14 people chosen, 12 jurors and two alternates,  during the daylong voir dire process are equally split between men and women, and roughly evenly scattered…

Jury selection opens for Seiden trial
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Jury selection opens for Seiden trial

It’s been a cold morning in the third floor courtroom at the Apalachicola courthouse for the start of the Aileen Seiden murder trial, but that’s not because of the crime being alleged. Most of the 48 jurors who showed up for the first wave of jury selection wore their coats as they awaited questioning from…

Seiden trial pushed to January
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Seiden trial pushed to January

Nearly six years after Aileen Seiden’s life ended brutally in Eastpoint when she was just 31 years old, the trial of one of her alleged killers and the sentencing of another won’t happen until 2024. At an Aug. 8 case management hearing, Circuit Judge Frank Allman set Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024 as the first of…

Seiden trial postponed until at least July
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Seiden trial postponed until at least July

More than five years after she was killed in an Eastpoint motel, Aileen Seiden is on the verge of having justice meted out to the two people charged in her death. One of them, Christina Marie Araujo, 43, of Palm Beach, decided earlier this month to plead guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree murder,…

Araujo pleads guilty to Seiden murder
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Araujo pleads guilty to Seiden murder

On the eve of their upcoming first degree murder trial for the bludgeoning death five years ago in an Eastpoint motel of a South Florida woman with whom they were traveling through Franklin County, one of the two defendants pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to second degree murder. Accompanied in the Apalachicola courtroom by her attorney,…

Seiden trial postponed until June
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Seiden trial postponed until June

Testing to be conducted on shower curtain rod In a hearing Monday afternoon, Circuit Judge Jonathan Sjostrom postponed until the middle of June the murder trial of two defendants accused of bludgeoning to death a South Florida woman nearly five years ago at an Eastpoint motel. In granting a motion for a continuance filed by…

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Seiden murder defendant wants case dismissed

As the trial next month nears for the two co-defendants accused of bludgeoning to death a South Florida woman five years ago in an Eastpoint motel, one of them has filed a motion to have the entire case dismissed against her. West Palm Beach attorney Scott Richardson on Dec. 22 filed a motion before Circuit…