Birmingham Police ID Fifth Slaying Victim

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The fifth of five victims who were found with their throats slashed in a Birmingham apartment last month has been identified.

Shelby County Coroner Diana Hawkins said Thursday the man is 31-year-old Armando Ibarra Mendoza of Norcross, Ga. The Alabama Department of Forensic Science confirmed the identification through medical records comparison.

The five men were found Aug. 20. Police say their throats were slashed after being bound, beaten and tortured by electrical shock.

Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry described the deaths as drug-related contract killings and said they were apparently carried out by a drug organization over missing money that totaled between $400,000 and $450,000.

Four men have been arrested and charged with capital murder in the killings. They remain jailed without bond.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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