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Woman to face trial in fatal beating of teen

By Times Staff
Published January 10, 2006

TAMPA - Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a woman accused of fatally beating a 16-year-old girl and dumping her bloody body in a trash bin.

Laisha Landrum and Rocky Almestica Jr. were charged June 9 with killing Emily Ann Clemons, 16, at a North Tampa apartment complex. Landrum allegedly hit Clemons with a cooking pot after a melee broke out among the three at the couple's apartment that night.

Investigators say Clemons was later struck twice in the head with a steel hammer, wrapped in a blanket and thrown in the trash. A jury convicted Almestica of second-degree murder in November.

Attorneys are expected to give opening statements in Landrum's trial today.

Accident kills driver thrown from his vehicle

TAMPA - A 37-year-old man died over the weekend after he lost control of his vehicle in southeastern Hillsborough County, the Sheriff's Office said.

Donicio Zuniga of 112 Grapefruit St. in Wauchula died after being ejected from his 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier on Saturday, deputies said. He was traveling north on Taylor Gill Road, just north of the Hillsborough-Manatee county line and south of State Road 674, when he lost control of the wheel and tried to regain control.

He flipped the vehicle twice and was ejected.

[Last modified January 10, 2006, 05:00:52]

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