5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, February 19

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, February 19.

(1) William Routenberg murder trial

According to court records, William Routenberg's murder trial is scheduled to begin in Clearwater on Tuesday.

Routenberg is charged with First Degree Murder for killing Shanessa Lynn Chappie.

During a search of Routenberg's home in unincorporated Clearwater in June 2011, Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives say they discovered the body of woman buried in the backyard.

According to investigators, Routenberg told detectives during interviews he killed Chappie during an argument and then buried her body.

Routenberg was arrested and charged with murder, violation of probation and an unrelated drug charge.

The trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Pinellas County Courthouse in Clearwater.

(2) Buju Banton evidentiary hearing

A post-trial evidentiary hearing in the federal case of reggae star Buju Banton is scheduled for Tampa on Tuesday.

The purpose for the hearing is to determine whether jurors were exposed to information during Banton's trial that did not come through witness testimony, exhibits, or instructions on the law.

The remainder of the jurors who were not subpoenaed to testify at a December 20, 2012 hearing are expected to testify today.

Juror Terri Wright who was quoted in a Miami New Times story she conducted online research during the trial. Last month Wright testified she went on the internet after the trial was over.

On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge James Moody granted a request by Banton's attorney allowing for Wright's computers to be seized so their expert can determine if she was telling the truth.

Banton is serving a 10-year prison sentence on drug charges following his 2011 conviction. Banton's attorney is seeking a new trial for the reggae star.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in downtown Tampa.

(3) USF Day at the Capitol

Dozens of University of South Florida students are heading to Tallahassee on Tuesday for USF Day at the Capitol.

The students left the USF campus by bus at 5:30 a.m.

The group will showcase a number of USF programs, highlighting ways the university is helping to grow the Tampa Bay area and the state of Florida.

Approximately ten tables will be set up inside the Capitol. Each table will spotlight a different area of the USF System.

Students also plan to meet face-to-face with legislators to discuss issues ranging from funding to in-state tuition for veterans. They are going to deliver several hundred handwritten postcards to state lawmakers asking them to restore $300 million for state universities in this year's state budget.

USF President Judy Genshaft and Head Football Coach Willie Taggart are also expected to attend today's event.

(4) Patchington domestic violence trade-in event

Clearwater-based Patchington fashion boutiques begin their semi-annual trade-in event on Tuesday to benefit victims of domestic violence through victim advocacy organization Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA).

Customers can donate gently-used clothing and receive up to $25 off their purchases at Patchington stores.

All donated items go to CASA's thrift store, which helps fund CASA's advocacy work.

The trade-in event runs today through Monday, February 25 at the following Tampa Bay locations:

  • Clearwater (Belleair Bluffs): 280 Indian Rocks Road
  • Clearwater (Countryside): Northwood Plaza, 2520-A McMullen Booth Road
  • Sarasota: 386 St. Armand's Circle
  • Sarasota: 1467 Main Street
  • St. Petersburg: Isla Del Sol Shopping Village, 5901 Sun Boulevard

For more information, visit www.patchington.com.

(5) Lindsey Stirling in concert

Self-described "hip hop violinist" Lindsey Stirling will perform in concert on Tuesday night at the Straz Center.

The 26-year-old Stirling was a quarter-finalist on America's Got Talent in 2010. Since then she has gained a legion of fans through her YouTube channel and various social media websites.

Her 2012 self-titled debut album was ranked #1 on both the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums and Classical Albums charts.

Tickets for tonight's 8:00 p.m. show start at $23.50. For more information about the concert, call (813) 229.7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.

To learn more about Stirling, visit her official website at www.lindseystirlingviolin.com.

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