MANATEE -- The defense for a Bradenton men charged in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old Sarasota girl was granted a subpoena Thursday for the Facebook records of four witnesses in the case.
Teria'le Rawls was shot July 28 during an exchange of gunfire in the parking lot outside the Bradenton Carmike Royal Palm 20 theater, 5126 26th St. E., near U.S. 301 at State Road 70. She died about 10 minutes later as she was being rushed to the hospital by her sister and friends.
Frank Brice, 19, of Palmetto, is charged with principal to second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by someone under 24 previously found delinquent. He turned himself in the morning of July 29 after an arrest warrant was obtained for him in Rawls' death.
Brice's case is set to go to trial during the two-week trial period starting Feb. 23.
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Brice appeared before retired Circuit Judge Stephen Dakan as his defense attorney Terra Neshonda Carrol requested the subpoena.
Assistant State Attorney Brian Iten said the defense request was too broad and witnesses had not been given notice. Iten cited the Stored Communication Act, under which Facebook can only release records by court order.
"I think Ms. Carrol is entitled to at least the effort," Dakan said despite commending Iten's knowledge of the laws and dealings with Facebook.
Dakan said it is unclear whether Facebook will pay attention to the subpoena.
"I suspect the accounts have a right to be heard," Dakan said. "I don't know how Facebook will handle this."
Dakan also heard defense motions asking the court to compel the State Attorney's Office to hand over copies of recorded interviews and 911 calls.
Manatee County Sheriff's Office homicide detective Dan Dickerman was called by the state to testify there are no recordings other than those provided. Dickerman said he tried to find other recordings in Manatee and Sarasota counties but found none.
Carrol questioned whether he specifically searched for hang-up calls because a report in the case indicated there was one. Dickerman said there was no such hang-up in Manatee County but told Dakan he would have no problem verifying with Sarasota in the event its 911 system saves hang-ups differently.
Co-defendant Jasper Dudley, 19, of Bradenton, was arrested July 28 on identical charges. His case is to go to trial in late April.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.