Pasco body shop slayings trial beginning

  • Mon Apr 19th, 2010 6:58am
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Associated Press

PASCO — Jury selection begins today in Franklin County Superior Court in the trial of a man accused of gunning down six men in a Pasco auto body shop 22 years ago.

Vicente Ruiz, 44, is charged with five counts of aggravated murder and one of attempted murder.

The Tri-City Herald reports the lone survivor of the 1987 shooting identified Ruiz, but defense lawyers say it’s a case of mistaken identity.

Ruiz was extradited from Mexico in 2007. A mistrial was declared in his first trial in a dispute over DNA evidence.

Information from: Tri-City Herald, www.tri-cityherald.com