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198486
Wrestling - Trial
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
PKG*
1/16/2001
12:04
2:17
Ken Padowitz, Prosecutor Fort Lauderdale, Florida Pembroke Park, Florida, July 1999 Jim Lewis, Defense Attorney Lynn Gordon, Reporting
CU OF GIRL, LAWYER SPEAKING, PHOTO OF GIRL, VARIOUS PHOTOS OF GIRL, CU OF SUSPECT, LAWYER SPEAKING, WRESTLING VIDEO, CU OF SUSPECT, WOMAN LEAVING COURTROOM, OUTSIDE OF APARTMENT BUILDING, CU OF MOTHER OF GIRL, LAWYER, CU OF WOMEN, SHOTS OF WRESTLERS, SHOT OF THE ROCK, LAWYER SPEAKING.
TRIAL SCHEDULED TO START IN THE CASE OF LIONEL TATE, CHARGED WITH BEATING A 6-YEAR-OLD FRIEND WHILE IMITATING PROFESSIONAL WRESTLERS.
LEAD: BROWARD COUNTY PROSECUTORS ARE MAKING THEIR CASE AGAINST A 13 YEAR OLD BOY ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS SIX YEAR OLD PLAYMATE. LIONEL TATE -- NOW STANDS AS THE YOUNGEST MURDER SUSPECT IN FLORIDA'S HISTORY. HIS ATTORNEYS CLAIM WHAT HAPPENED TO TATE'S PLAYMATE WAS ALL AN ACCIDENT -- BUT THE PROSECUTORS ARE CALLING HIM A KILLER. LYNN GORDON HAS MORE FROM FORT LAUDERDALE. (TAKE PKG--NO VERBATIM AVAILABLE) STORY DETAILS: AT ISSUE IS WHETHER LIONEL TATE KILLED A 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN COLD BLOOD, OR WAS JUST TRYING TO IMITATE WRESTLERS HE SAW ON TELEVISION. ON A JULY 1999 NIGHT, TATE AND THE GIRL, TIFFANY EUNKICK, WERE LEFT TO THEMSELVES IN TATE'S HOME AFTER HER MOTHER, A FLORIDA STATE TROOPER, WENT UPSTAIRS. IF CONVICTED, TATE FACES A MANDATORY LIFE SENTENCE. HE WOULD NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE FOR 25 YEARS. PROSECUTORS OFFERED TATE A PLEA BARGIN. 3 YEARS IN A JUVENILE FACILITY, FOLLOWED BY 10 YEARS PROBATION. TATE REJECTED THE OFFER ON ADVICE OF HIS ATTORNEY, WHO CALLS IT AN ACCIDENT. RECAP
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