Prosecutors say Florida Turnpike killings were drug related


Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 1:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 1:26 p.m.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Prosecutors are saying at the start of a trial that two men accused of killing a family along a Florida Turnpike were settling drug debts and stealing cocaine.

In opening arguments Tuesday, prosecutors said Daniel Troya and Ricardo Sanchez Jr. were involved in a violent cocaine ring that led to the execution-style killings of the family.

Jose Luis Escobedo, 28, and his wife, Yessica Guerrero Escobedo, 25, were found dead with their sons Oct. 13, 2006. Prosecutors believe the Escobedos took their children along to either deliver or pick up drugs, and were followed by the men.

Troya and Sanchez have pleaded not guilty. Their attorneys plan to argue they were not in the area at the time of the shootings.

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