Closing arguments set in turnpike killings trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Closing arguments are expected in
the death penalty trial of two men charged in the 2006 drug
killings of an entire family along Florida's Turnpike.

Daniel Troya and Ricardo Sanchez Jr., both 25, are charged with
armed carjacking resulting in deaths, conspiracy, weapons counts
and drug offenses.

Both men have pleaded not guilty.

Their attorneys say the family was killed by Mexican drug lords.

Jose Luis Escobedo, his wife, and two young sons were found shot
to death on the roadside on Oct. 13, 2006.

Prosecutors say they were killed to settle a drug dispute.

Two others also are on trial in the same case for drug conspiracy and weapons charges.

They also have pleaded not guilty and face life in prison if convicted. Closing arguments are set for Wednesday.

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