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Second High Profile Trial Headed for St. Johns County

6:04 PM, Jun 29, 2006   |    comments
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By Jessica Clark First Coast News ST. JOHNS COUNTY, FL -- The St. Johns County Courthouse is about to see a second high profile trial this summer. The X-Box murder trial will start Wednesday July 5th. This comes on the heels of the highly publicized Justin Barber murder trial that wrapped up Monday. Yasmine Taylor's Courthouse Cafe is preparing for another whopper of a trial. "I'm planning on hiring another person for next week," Taylor said. That's to handle the crowds she expects for the X-Box murder trial. She and her two employees are still recovering from the business the Barber trial brought. "It brought a lot of the public to watch it," Taylor said. "We're the only place to eat at the courthouse, so they all tend to come here to eat." Taylor's like many at the St. Johns County Courthouse, a little tired. "We're wore down a little," Sgt. George Wetherington said. He's in charge of bailiffs. He helped organize all the local and national press crowding into the courthouse. It's something he's never seen in his 20 years there. "Not in St. Johns County," Wetherington said. Wetherington is planning for extra security. He said it's due to three defendants accused of such a violent crime. Wetherington expects the X-Box murder trial to last four to eight weeks. No doubt, these two criminal trials have people pouring into a seemingly quiet courthouse, but Taylor doesn't mind. "You know what we say? Crime pays," Taylor said. "I know I shouldn't say it, but for me it does."

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