TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, July 27.
(1) Patrick Evans sentencing
A Pinellas County judge will sentence Patrick Evans on Friday for the murder of his estranged wife and her boyfriend.
In November, jurors recommended the death penalty for Evans. The former Jabil Circuit executive was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder.
The jury voted 9-3 for the death penalty in the murder of Elizabeth Evans. They voted 8-4 for death in the murder of Gerry Taylor. They were killed in December 2008 at their home.
The judge will decide between life in prison and the death penalty.
A 911 recording was the centerpiece of the prosecution's case during the trial. Evans is heard shouting at the couple before pulling the trigger.
"Sit on the bed, Gerry!" a man's voice screamed.
"I'll sit down, you put the gun down," another man responded.
Prosecutors said Gerry and Patrick were the two male voices in the 911 recording.
The sentencing hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Pinellas County Courthouse in Clearwater.
(2) Demetrius Jordan sentencing
A sentencing hearing will also be held in Clearwater on Friday for Demetrius Jordan.
In June, Jordan pled guilty to four counts of DUI manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence with serious bodily injury.
Authorities say Jordan had been smoking marijuana and drinking Four-Loko, a caffeinated alcoholic drink, in August 2010, shortly before he ran a red light at an estimated 80 miles per hour.
He crashed into a car killing Elroy McConnell II and his three sons, 28-year-old Elroy III, 24-year-old Nathan and 19-year-old Kelly.
Jordan faces up to life in prison, and a minimum of 44 years.
The sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.
(3) Floridan Palace Hotel
Members of the media will get a first look at the restored Floridan Palace Hotel on Friday.
The 19-story building was once considered the "crown jewel" of Tampa. Built in 1926, it was closed in 1987 when the owners would not pay to bring it up to code.
The Floridan was vacant for almost two decades until Antonios Markopoulos' development group bought the property in 2005 for $6 million.
Markopoulos vowed the property the building would be meticulously restored to its original state.
The media will get a sneak peak look at the hotel before a private opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is held Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
The grand-opening and renaming of the property coincides with the City of Tampa hosting the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Convention Center and Tampa Bay Times Forum running between August 27th and August 30th.
For more information, visit The Floridan Palace's website at floridanpalace.com .
(4) Buccaneers training camp begins
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the team's first training camp practice on Friday.
All nine public practices will run from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. except for the one night practice on August 4.
The current public practice schedule is as follows:
Tickets are not required for admission to Training Camp.
All public day sessions will be held on Field 3 for optimal viewing. Attendees can expect autograph sessions, free parking, discount concessions, merchandise tents, as well as appearances by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders and Captain Fear.
The night practice on August 4 will feature an intrasquad scrimmage. Fans will again be treated to free parking, autograph sessions, $1 hot dogs and soft drinks, and a fireworks show.
For more information on training camp, visit www.buccaneers.com .
(5) Sugarland concert
Grammy Award-winning country music duo Sugarland plays the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater on Friday.
Sugarland is made up of singer-songwriter Jennifer Nettles and instrumentalist Kristian Bush.
The platinum-selling group won two Grammy Awards in 2009 for Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Country Song. They have also won five Academy of Country Music Awards and 4 CMT Music Awards.
Sugarland has three #1 albums on the Billboard Country chart: 2008's Love on the Inside, 2009's Live on the Inside and 2010's The Incredible Machine.
They also have five #1 County singles: 2006's Want To, 2007's Settlin, 2008's All I Want to Do and Already Gone, and 2009's It Happens.
To learn more about Sugarland, visit the group's official website at www.sugarlandmusic.com .
For more about tonight's concert which is part of the 2012 Hooters Country Megaticket lineup, call (813) 740-2446 or visit promo.livenation.com/megaticket/1-800-ask-gary-amphitheatre/ .
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