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Our students’ annual trip to the courthouse to observe a significant court hearing and then engage the presiding judge, counsel for both parties, and FIU Law alumni in an open discussion on justice, the life of the trial lawyer, and how our Trial Advocacy Program paves the way for a meaningful career in the courtroom

Fall 2016 Event

In the words of the court, “this case is a tragedy – in every sense of the word.”

On March 25, 2010, with scissors from his backpack, then-FIU student Quentin Wyche stabbed, and killed, fellow FIU student Kendall Berry.

On September 11, 2013, a jury found Wyche guilty of second degree murder.

On November 25, 2013, the court sentenced Wyche to 20 years in prison plus 5 years’ probation.

A Notice of Appeal was filed on December 16, 2013.

The Third District Court of Appeal affirmed the conviction and sentence with a written opinion on August 7, 2015.

On August 19, 2016, Wyche filed a Motion to Mitigate Sentence.

That motion is scheduled to be heard at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Here is the trial court’s order.

Here is the appellate opinion.

Here are the Motion for Downward Departure and to Mitigate Sentence.

Here is the defendant’s letter to the court.

You will be there.

Wyche’s scheduled release date is November 1, 2028.

Fall 2017 Event