Xbox_Murder by zhucezhao

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									Xbox Murder

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382

Summary:
At approximately 1am, six individuals were stabbed and then beaten to
their deaths. What in the world could have caused the heartless criminals
to violently kill six people and two small dogs? The shocking answer is a
Xbox game.


Keywords:
crime, criminal justice, court, law, legal, trial, murder, xbox,
violence, felony, lawyer, prosecution


Article Body:
It happened on August 6, 2004. A gruesome murder. At approximately 1am,
six individuals were stabbed and then beaten to their deaths. The
murdered victims were Michelle Ann Nathan, 19; Erin Belanger, 22;
Francisco Ayo-Roman, 30; Anthony Vega, 34; Roberto Gonzalez, 28 and
Jonathan Gleason, 17. Most of the victims were asleep when the attack
occurred. According to reports, the victims did not fight back.

What in the world could have caused the heartless criminals to violently
kill the aforementioned and two small dogs? The shocking answer is a Xbox
game. The murderers were squatting at one of the victim’s grandparent’s
vacant home. When the Xbox game and some clothing were removed from the
home, where they were staying illegally, the boys became enraged.

A clerk at Wal-Mart told investigators that the band of criminals was
joking and laughing about killing people. The crew bought baseball bats—
this was just two days before the heinous crime. What happened next was
simply gruesome. That was almost two years ago. The trial, which had to
be moved due to excessive media coverage, is about to get underway.

The prosecution is adamant about seeking the death penalty if the
defendants are convicted. To bolster their case, they managed to get one
of the crew to flip. His name is Robert Cannon, 19, and he’s going to
spill the beans about the destructive events on that fateful August
morning. In exchange, Cannon will serve a life sentence. The other three
are Troy Victorino, 29; Michael Salas, 20 and Jerone Hunter, 20.

The group is facing six counts of first-degree murder, five counts of
mutilating a dead human body and many other felony offenses. Troy
Victorino has been labeled as the ringleader. Just before the fatal
attacks, he was arrested for beating his friend in the face with a
walking stick. Victorino was released on a pitiful $2,500 bond. He was
now free to coordinate and strike again.

Due to the bloody evidence in the prosecution’s possession, one can
assume that the defendants stand a very good chance at receiving capital
punishment if convicted. Since Robert Cannon flipped, the prosecution has
a very good case. It will be an uphill battle for the defense. The trial
is expected to last about two months. This trial was moved, due to the
overwhelming media coverage, to St. Augustine.

								
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