Juveniles' statements admissible in Newark murders

The News Leader

October 19, 2010 3:50:42 PM PDT
Statements made by two suspects in the 2007 schoolyard murders of three Newark teens will be allowed in court.

An appeals court ruling published Tuesday has held that Shahid Baskerville and Alexander Alfaro each waived the right to an attorney when questioned after the Aug. 4, 2007 killings.

Both were juveniles at the time but are being tried as adults. The appeals court had to decide whether a 2009 state Supreme Court ruling that imposed stricter rules on the questioning of juveniles should be applied retroactively.

Baskerville and Alfaro were among six men and boys charged with the execution-style slayings of Iofemi (eye-OH'-fem-eeh) Hightower, Dashon Harvey and Terrance Aeriel.

One suspect has been convicted at trial and another has pleaded guilty.