Trial Begins for Man Accused of Gunning Down Teens

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    30-year-old Axel Baretto is accused of shooting a car full of teens that was in a dispute with his stepsons. Three of the victims died.

    A north Philadelphia man accused of gunning down a group of teenagers in a car, killing three, over a feud with his stepson goes on trial Thursday.

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    Police say Axel Baretto ambushed a car with seven teenagers inside outside a house in January 2012, firing more than a dozen times.
     
    The gunfire killed two 14-year-olds and a 16-year-old, and injured the 16-year-old driver.
     
    Prosecutors say the teens were unarmed and shot from behind as they drove away. They are seeking the death penalty.
     
    Defense lawyer Jack McMahon says the 30-year-old Baretto was trying to protect his family from a violent gang.
     

     


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