NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The first trial stemming from the shooting
deaths of three friends in a Newark schoolyard is set to begin
Tuesday afternoon with opening statements.
Rodolfo Godinez is the first of six defendants to
go to trial in the 2007 killings of Dashon Harvey, Iofemi
Hightower and Terrance Aeriel.
A fourth victim survived the attack and is expected to testify.
Prosecutors say the defendants attacked some of the victims with
a machete before shooting them execution-style.
The crime brought national attention to Newark's violence
problem and led to numerous measures that have been credited with
helping lower the crime rate in New Jersey's largest city.
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