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Bridgeport Man Could Be Sentenced To Death After Triple Murder Conviction

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A Bridgeport man has been convicted of killing three people in the city in 2005 and now a jury will decide whether he should receive the death penalty.

Azibo Aquart was found guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in New Haven during the jury’s first day of deliberations.

The penalty phase starts Friday.

A message was left for his lawyer, Justin Smith.

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 killed in an apartment.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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