Trial To Begin For Man Charged In Bridgeport Killings

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A man charged in the killings of three people during an alleged Bridgeport drug turf dispute in 2005 is going on trial in state court.

A Bridgeport Superior Court jury is scheduled to begin hearing evidence Friday in the case of 31-year-old Efrain Johnson, who is charged with three counts of felony murder and three counts of kidnapping.

Authorities say Johnson and three other men took part in the killings of 43-year-old Tina Johnson, 40-year-old James Reid and 54-year-old Basil Williams, who were beaten with baseball bats and found bound with duct tape in Tina Johnson’s apartment.

Prosecutors say Tina Johnson was selling crack cocaine in the drug turf of Efrain Johnson’s co-defendant, Azibo Aquart, without Aquart’s permission. Aquart was sentenced to death in federal court for the killings.

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