Jury selection to begin in turnpike killings trial

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Jury selection begins today in the trial of two men accused of killing an entire family along the Florida Turnpike in 2006.

Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Daniel Troya and Ricardo Sanchez.

The case is being held in West Palm Beach.

Troya and Sanchez are charged with armed carjacking resulting in deaths, conspiracy, weapons counts and drug offenses.

Two others also will be on trial for drug conspiracy and weapons charges and face up to life in prison.

All have pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say Jose Luis Escobedo was part of a drug trafficking ring that included the suspects.

Escobedo, his 25-year-old wife and their two young sons were found shot to death in October 2006 along the turnpike near Port St. Lucie.


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