Triple Murder Defendant Wants Evidence Tossed

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013  |  Updated 8:52 AM EDT
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Triple Murder Defendant Wants Evidence Tossed

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Attorneys for a man charged in a triple slaying in northeastern Pennsylvania want prosecutors barred from telling jurors that the defendant is also charged in an unrelated slaying.

Twenty-year-old Shawn Hamilton is charged in Luzerne County in the July 7 shootings in a Plymouth apartment, which authorities have called a drug deal gone bad.
 
Killed were 21-year-old Bradley Swartwood, 17-year-old Nicholas Maldonado and 15-year-old Lisa Abaunza. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Hamilton has said that he fired in self-defense and a 17-year-old youth also charged in the slayings is innocent.
 
Defense attorneys argued in court papers Tuesday that the Wilkes-Barre slaying a day earlier of 22-year-old Kenyatta Hughston doesn't "demonstrate or shed light on the cause for the Plymouth homicides." They also want some evidence excluded from trial.

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