ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For the next month, people in Tampa Bay are going to hear grueling details from the courtroom where John Jonchuck will stand trial for the 2015 murder of his daughter.
Investigators say he dropped his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe off a bridge leading up to the Sunshine Skyway in the middle of the night. Phoebe Jonchuck’s body was later recovered from Tampa Bay.
Jonchuck spent the last several years in a mental institution in Gainesville.
After years of delays and questions about Jonchuck's ability to stand trial because of his mental state, the trial is set to begin Monday with jury selection. Ultimately, the jurors will decide whether Jonchuck is insane or evil.
When Phoebe Jonchuck was killed in 2015, an entire community was rocked. Strangers felt called to do something.
Two of those strangers are Lou Falco and Margo Reid.
For the past four years, Falco and Reid have worked together to organize memorial events and fundraising efforts for the Phoebe Jonchuck scholarship fund, which is given to students attending St. Petersburg College in the social service or mental health fields.
On Friday, just three days before the trial Falco and Reid are meeting at the bridge to drop flowers in the bay and reflect on the life of Phoebe Jonchuck, the forever-5-year-old who died in Tampa Bay.
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