David Ovalle, Tampa Bay Times

David Ovalle

Tampa Bay Times

Hialeah, FL, United States

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Past articles by David:

A decade after Trayvon Martin’s death, Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law expands

The man who killed the 17-year-old was acquitted under Florida’s self-defense law. Republican lawmakers have spent the past decade making the law even stronger. → Read More

Miami mayoral candidate arrested in Key West on impersonating officer charge

He is accused of flashing a badge and claiming to be a sheriff’s deputy while he was sitting in a parked in a BMW in Key West. → Read More

Grand jury indicts two men on murder charges in overdose deaths of South Beach tourists

Both tourists were killed — state prosecutors argued and the grand jury concluded — from overdosing on the powerful and too-often-fatal opioid, fentanyl. → Read More

St. Pete men, including brother of NFL player, charged in murder of FIU student

The victim was shot at point-blank range on Dec. 2, 2016, inside a parking garage in a building that houses many FIU students. → Read More

Rapper Polo G accused of striking officer. His mom is criticizing Miami police.

Officers pulled the Chicago rapper over after a party for his latest album. His mother says he was a passenger in a hired vehicle with security. → Read More

A pandemic plus: Florida suicides plummeted. Experts worry it won’t last

According to preliminary Medical Examiner’s statistics, 2,975 people committed suicides in 2020. That’s a drop of 13 percent from the previous year, and 16 percent from 2018. → Read More

Two South Florida truckers kidnapped, tortured and executed

Masked men kidnapped the men, bound them by the hands and tortured them for hours in the back of a moving-type truck. → Read More

DeSantis pushes expansion of Stand Your Ground law as part of ‘anti-mob’ crackdown

Draft legislation puts specifics behind Gov. Ron DeSantis’ pledge to crack down on “violent and disorderly assemblies” in response to police-brutality protests. → Read More

Wife trapped inside husband’s Miami police SUV died of accidental heat stroke, autopsy says

The wife climbed into the back of her husband’s Ford Explorer SUV and became trapped inside when the doors somehow closed. → Read More

Body found in trunk of car that crashed on Miami highway

A Virginia man has been arrested on a murder charge after troopers found the decomposing body of a hip-hop artist who had gone missing more than a week ago. → Read More

Pence acknowledges Florida has ‘community spread’ of coronavirus. Now will DeSantis?

Pence became the the highest-level government official to acknowledge the COVID-19’s community spread in Florida. → Read More

Andrew Gillum found in Miami Beach hotel room with suspected drugs, police say

Police say Gillum, who was not arrested, was too intoxicated to answer questions. → Read More

Victim clung to hood as van raced through Hialeah. Video shows why driver faces murder count

Newly released surveillance video capturing parts of the fatal incident underscores the harrowing reality of Norky Contreras Acosta’s final minutes. → Read More

Is this the ‘Pillowcase Rapist’ who terrorized South Florida in the early 1980s?

Authorities say the man who spent five years attacking women from South Miami to Deerfield Beach is a 60-year-old registered sex offender from Palm Bay. → Read More

Guns, drugs found on plane with rapper Lil Wayne on board, sources say

Miami-Dade Police searched the plane and found cocaine and a gun, they said. → Read More

Ex-Russian Olympics official who drew wrath of Putin arrested by ICE in South Florida

Ex-Olympics officials Akhmed Bilalov, who fled Russia after being called out by Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been arrested by U.S. immigration authorities. → Read More

Man accused of threatening Miami Hispanics invoked Hitler, Nazis and Trump, feds say

Eric Lin was arrested in Seattle, and will return to a federal courtroom there on Monday as prosecutors seek to keep him behind bars before his extradition and eventual trial in South Florida. → Read More

Miami man smoked weed, ran over a grandmother crossing the street. He’s headed to prison.

Ricardo Alexander Gonzalez pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing 76-year-old Hilda Garcia as she crossed a Little Havana street last year. He’ll serve 9 years in prison for vehicular manslaughter and leaving scene of a fatal car crash. → Read More

Ex-assistant principal likely faces death penalty in case of murdered Norland High teacher

Prosecutors said on Friday they plan to indict Ex-Norland High assistant principal Ernest Joseph Roberts, who is accused of murdering fellow educator Kameela Russell. → Read More

The murder was caught on surveillance video. The accused now faces death if convicted

Miami-Dade prosecutors announced on Friday that they are seeking the death penalty for David Paneque, who is accused of gunning down an associate in a shooting captured on surveillance video. He has pleaded not guilty. → Read More