A Florida judge will soon decide whether to delay a retrial in a Greenacres murder case.
Two defendants face first degree murder charges for the killings of two Circle K clerks in Greenacres FL in 2010. The defendants allegedly shot and killed the clerks while robbing the convenience store.
The case has already been tried three times, meaning that this is an unprecedented third retrial. Both defendants were convicted after the first trial. However, the convictions were overturned on appeal.
One of the defendants then faced a separate retrial, but it ended with a hung jury. During the second retrial, a jury failed to reach a verdict.
Now the prosecutor in the case has asked a circuit court judge to grant a request for a delay in the latest retrial. The prosecutor said that his co-prosecutor in the case needs to be replaced because she was recently appointed to a local circuit court judge seat.
Defense attorneys are contesting the delay request. One of the defendant’s attorneys noted that transcripts of the earlier trials are available and that it won’t be difficult for the prosecutor in the case to rely on another co-prosecutor. Moreover, defense attorneys said that the prosecutor’s office has more than 100 assistant state attorneys from which to choose.
The judge in the case will decide on the matter soon. If the case is not delayed, the trial will start on April 13.
To learn more about this case, access the PalmBeachPost.com article entitled “Circle K Murder Trial Still on for April 13, State Nixes Delay Request.”