Court for suspects in schoolyard slayings

October 22, 2008 6:34:45 AM PDT
The six suspects charged with murdering three college-bound friends in a Newark school playground are due in court. The six are scheduled for an arraignment Wednesday in state Superior Court in Essex County.

Rodolfo Godinez, his brother, Alexander Alfaro; Jose Lachira Carranza; Melvin Jovel; Shahid Baskerville and Gerardo Gomez were all indicted last month on murder, attempted murder, robbery and weapons offenses related to the killing in August 2007.

Carranza and Baskerville were also charged with sexual assault.

The six men are accused of killing Iofemi Hightower, Terrance Aeriel and Dashon Harvey. Aeriel and Harvey were students at Delaware State and Hightower was in the process of enrolling.