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Prosecutors ask for maximum sentences for defendants in Jairo Mora murder trial

The prosecution rested its case Tuesday in the trial of seven men accused of murdering 26-year-old sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora nearly two years ago on a northeastern Costa Rican beach. A verdict is expected Friday.

Landslides block Route 32 to Limón, delay traffic and murder trial

A tropical rainstorm triggered a landslide on Costa Rica's Route 32 between San José and the Caribbean port of Limón at approximately 8 p.m. on Sunday, officials from the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) reported. According to MOPT's website, the road is completely blocked and no vehicles are able to pass.

Costa Rica criminal court extends Jairo Mora murder trial to January

Illness, missing evidence and other delays have caused the murder trial of seven defendants accused of killing Costa Rican conservationist Jairo Mora to fall behind schedule. Judges in Limón now say they will extend the trial to Jan. 16.

Costa Rican preliminary court misplaces key evidence in Jairo Mora murder trial

A master disc containing alleged recordings of telephone conversations between defendants and other key evidence in the high-profile murder case of Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora has gone missing, several sources close to the case confirmed to The Tico Times on Wednesday.

Long-awaited Jairo Mora murder trial begins in Costa Rica with prosecutors’ opening statements

LIMÓN – Attorneys presented their opening arguments to a packed Limón courtroom on Monday in the murder trial against seven defendants accused of killing 26-year-old Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora and kidnapping four foreign volunteers last year.

Police find 9,400 sea turtle eggs in car trunk outside Nicoya

Costa Rica's National Police have seized what is likely the biggest illegal stash of poached sea turtle eggs this year, just outside of Nicoya, Guanacaste.

Costa Rica’s Playa Ostional: A community that lives for sea turtles

PLAYA OSTIONAL, Guanacaste – By 7 p.m., it is already impossibly dark to read the signs on buildings. Every 100 meters or so, a singular yellow street lamp illuminates a small, dim area of the dirt road. The road is bumpy and it is dangerously difficult to see the dips and holes from dried tire marks in the mud.

El Niño: Kiss of death for Costa Rica’s sea turtle eggs?

PLAYA OSTIONAL, Guanacaste – Annual rainfall has decreased by 52 percent this year in the Guanacaste region, according to the National Meteorological Institute, affecting the hatching rates of turtles in Ostional, a mass nesting site on Costa Rica's Pacific coast for the olive ridley species.

Murder trial set for Oct. 27 for suspects in slaying of Costa Rican conservationist Jairo Mora

The seven men accused of the murder of sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora will stand trial on October 27, the prosecutor's office confirmed to The Tico Times today. The public trial will be held at a court in Limón on the country's Caribbean Coast, where the murder took place.

The ‘Blackfish Effect’: SeaWorld to build new orca whale habitats

Stung by falling attendance and criticism over its treatment of orca whales, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. will build new habitats for the animals at its theme parks.

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