BAY AREA, Fla. — Spectrum Bay News 9 is following two court hearings today, involving two high profile cases in the Bay area.
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First, James Hanson, Jr., accused of killing a man after stealing his car and robbing a bank, has a pretrial hearing in Hillsborough County Court this morning.
Hanson allegedly robbed CenterState Bank in Valrico then carjacked and killed 68-year-old Matthew Korattiyil. Investigators say Hanson admitted to killing Korattiyil, then dumping his body near a church.
His hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. It’s unclear if he’ll be present for the hearing.
This afternoon, Michael Drejka will appear in Pinellas County Court for a pretrial hearing. His trial date is set for August 19.
During today’s hearing, the judge is expected to rule on whether jurors can be shown the surveillance video inside the Circle A Food Store. It shows Markeis McGlockton collapsing in front of his son after being shot outside.
The judge is also expected to make a decision on whether the prosecution can show jurors the video outside the store frame by frame before the shooting occurs.
Drejka’s pretrial hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Spectrum Bay News 9 will be in the courtroom for both hearings.