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Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty In 2005 Murders

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File photo of a gavel (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a gavel (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A Bridgeport man is heading to trial on charges of killing three people in the city in 2005.

Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Azibo Aquart,  whose trial starts Wednesday in New Haven.

His lawyer, Justin Smith, declined comment Friday.

Aquart was one of three men charged in the beating deaths of three people during drug gang wars in Bridgeport. Authorities say Aquart was the leader of a drug dealing group that primarily sold crack cocaine and was involved in a dispute with a rival at the time.
Authorities say 43-year-old Tina Johnson, her 40-year-old boyfriend James Reid and 54-year-old friend Basil Williams were beaten to death in an apartment in August 2005.

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