Trial opens in 2007 Pa. triple homicide
EASTON, Pa. - January 19, 2010 -- Prosecutors say a man on trial for a triple homicide in Pennsylvania killed the victims in retaliation for earlier killings in New Jersey.
In opening statements Tuesday, Northampton County First Deputy District Attorney Terence Houck said 22-year-old Ali Elijah Davis of Freemansburg took part in the Nov. 2007 murders in Easton, about 50 miles north of Philadelphia.
Prosecutors say 19-year-old Aleah Hamlin, 23-year-old Chanel Armour and 21-year-old Alphe Rene were killed because Davis and others believed Rene was involved in the deaths of two New Jersey gang members.
Defense attorney Brian Monahan says his client did not participate in the shootings and questioned the account of a prosecution witness facing his own legal troubles.
Davis could face the death penalty if convicted.
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