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Friday, April 18, 2008

St. Lucie Sound, Take 2: Federal Prosecutors Claim 911 Call Unrelated to Quadruple Homicide

Previously, I blogged about the case against Ricardo Sanchez and Daniel Troya, who were charged with murder in connection with a quadruple homicide.  That quadruple homicide consisted of the shooting deaths of Jose Escobedo, his wife, Yessica, and two young children in the predawn hours of October 13, 2006.  As I noted, the prosecution had produced a toll ticket bearing the latent (finger)prints of Sanchez; the ticket was collected at the Okeechobee turnpike exit at 3:02 a.m. on October 13, 2006, with the exit being fifty miles from the scene of the crime.  Defense counsel had claimed that the prosecution also had a tape of a 911 recording that was an actual recording of the murders as they happened at 3:10 A.M.  As I noted, if this claim were true regarding the recording, it was clearly exculpatory, and the prosecution had an obligation to disclose it to defense counsel.

In a motion filed on Tuesday, however, federal prosecutors responded that this claim was not true and that they would not produce the recording. Instead, according to prosecutors, "no evidence links that call to this case."  The prosecutors claim that the call, which came into the FHP Regional Communications Center in Lantana could have come from anywhere on the turnpike between Wildwood and Homestead.  It will be interesting to see whether defense counsel responds with evidence that the call was in fact linked or whether the previous claims were the proverbial shot in the dark.



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