N.J. Jury to Hear Triple-Slay Defendant's Statement

N.J. Jury to Hear Triple-Slay Defendant's Statement

Testimony has resumed in the trial of one of six men charged with killing three college-bound friends in Newark.

Published March 23, 2011

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Testimony has resumed in the trial of one of six men charged with killing three college-bound friends in Newark.

An attorney for defendant Alexander Alfaro is questioning a detective about the investigation that followed the execution-style slayings of Terrance Aeriel, Dashon Harvey and Iofemi (eye-OH'-feh-mee) Hightower behind Newark's Mount Vernon School in 2007. The victims were Delaware State University students.

Prosecutors plan to play a taped statement that Alfaro made to police. An appeals court last fall rejected Alfaro's argument that his Miranda rights were violated.

The statement is the state's best evidence against Alfaro, who wasn't tied to the scene by fingerprints or DNA. Prosecutors contend he attacked two victims with a machete.

Two other defendants are serving multiple life sentences, and three others are awaiting trial.

(AP Photo/John O'Boyle, Pool)

Written by Associated Press

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