Opening statements begin in Fla. Turnpike killings

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The trial of two men accused of
gunning down a family of four on Florida's Turnpike is under way.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jose Luis Escobedo, his 25-year-old wife,
Yessica Guerrero Escobedo, and their two sons were found dead on
Oct. 13, 2006.

Authorities say Daniel Troya and Ricardo Sanchez Jr., both 25,
were settling a drug dispute with Escobedo when they killed the
family. They are charged with armed carjacking resulting in deaths,
conspiracy, weapons counts and drug offenses. Openings statements
were set to begin Tuesday. Both face the death penalty if
convicted.

Two others - Danny Varela, 28, and Liana Lopez, 20 - also are on
trial in the same case for drug conspiracy and weapons charges.
They face up to life in prison. All have pleaded not guilty.


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