TAMPA BAY - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, December 11.
(1) Manuel Pardo Jr. execution
A former South Florida police officer is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday for killing 9 people execution-style in 1986.
A jury convicted Manuel Pardo Jr. of nine murders in 1988 and sentenced him to death.
Last week his lawyer lost an appeal to halt the execution in the Florida Supreme Court. At the time William McKinley Hennis III said the decision would be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and a new appeal would be filed in a federal court in Jacksonville.
State Supreme Court justices rejected arguments that Pardo was insane at the time of the killings and that the three-drug lethal injection procedure used in Florida was unconstitutional because it is cruel and unusual punishment.
If his lawyers fail to get a stay of execution, Pardo would become the first inmate executed after Florida made changes to its lethal injection procedure in September.
The execution is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at the Florida State Prison near Raiford.
(2) Raphael McLean second trial begins
The second trial for former Lakewood High School band director is scheduled to begin in Pinellas County on Tuesday.
McLean is charged with having sex with a 15-year-old female student in his office at the school.
A judge declared a mistrial in March during McLean's first trial when jurors were unable to decide a verdict.
During the trial the girl testified the sex was consensual. However, prosecutors noted under Florida law it is illegal to have sex with someone over 12 and under 16 even if it is consensual and that is why McLean was on trial for lewd or lascivious battery.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Pinellas County Courthouse in Clearwater.
(3) VSI Flames soccer stadium
The U.S. affiliate of British-based VisionPro Sports Institute Holdings plans to unveil plans on Tuesday for a $400 million soccer stadium to be built in Tampa.
VSI Flames Inc. says the 28,888 seat, retractable-roof stadium would open in 2016 somewhere in central Tampa. It would be paid for without the use of any government money.
The goal for VSI is to obtain a Major League Soccer franchise for Tampa. The Tampa Bay Mutiny played in the MLS from 1996 to 2001 when the league folded the team.
The VSI Flames is a new team that will begin playing in the USL Pro soccer league in 2013. That league is one step below the North American Soccer League, a league the Tampa Bay Rowdies compete in, and two steps below the MLS.
Until the new stadium is built, the VSI Flames would play in a temporary stadium that has no more than 8,000 seats.
VSI Flames is scheduled to unveil their stadium proposal at the Tampa Club's annual meeting which begins at 11:45 a.m.
For more information on VSI Flames, visit www.vsi-stadium.com .
(4) David Price receives Key to the City
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will present a Key to the City of Tampa to Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price on Tuesday.
In November, Price became the first Rays pitcher to be awarded the American League Cy Young Award. Baseball writers vote on the award, given annually to the best pitchers in each league.
Price, who lives in Tampa, went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA and 205 strikeouts in 2012.
The public is invited to City Hall to celebrate David Price Day, which will be proclaimed by Mayor Buckhorn in honor of his achievement.
The ceremony will take place in the City Hall Plaza, the courtyard behind the Tampa Municipal Office Building, at 2:00 p.m.
(5) Aerosmith in concert
Aerosmith, considered to be one of the greatest rock bands in American history, plays the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Tuesday night.
The band launched the month-long 14-city Global Warming Tour in November in support of their new album, Music From Another Dimension.
Aerosmith, which formed in Boston in 1970, has two #1 albums in their career: 1993's Get a Grip and 1997's Nine Lives.
They also have had one #1 Billboard Hot 100 single (1998's I Don't Want to Miss a Thing) and nine singles hit number one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart including 1989's Love in an Elevator, 1993's Living on the Edge and Cryin' and 1997's Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees).
The group's lineup has remained the same since 1971 except from 1979 to 1984 with vocalist Steven Tyler, guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton, and drummer Joey Kramer.
Opening for Aerosmith tonight is Cheap Trick.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (813) 301-2500 or visit www.tampabaytimesforum.com .
To learn more about Aerosmith, visit the band's official website at www.aerosmith.com .
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