ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Two men tried twice and convicted once in the near beheadings of their three young relatives have asked Maryland’s highest court for a new trial. 

Policarpio Espinoza Perez and Adan Espinoza Canela were convicted in 2006 at their second trial; the first ended in a hung jury. They received life sentences in the deaths in 2004 of 8-year-old Lucero Espinoza; her 9-year-old brother, Ricardo Espinoza; and their 10-year-old male cousin, Alexis Espejo Quezada. 

The lawyers argued Tuesday before the Court of Appeals that the second trial judge’s failure to properly disclose six jury notes was not harmless. 

Assistant Attorney General Diane Keller contended the notes did not affect the verdict. 

The court gave no indication of when it would decide the case. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (9)
  1. Doug says:

    There is no justice.
    These losers should have been executed years ago.
    How dare the system waste another tax dollar on such slime.
    Take them out back and give them both the old Cambodian
    pick ax,to the back of the head.
    And be quick about it.

  2. RB says:

    WHAT is going on here? Why does this thing not die? Is there a hidden story that we ordinary people can’t recognize? Let’s find out about these lawyers who are making sure that this thing doesn’t die. Or is it a judge? It’s somebody.

  3. Robin says:

    Why can’t the “officials” of this miserable State see the comment so the people who ELECT them and see no one is happy except the “Lawyers” and “Judges”, whoever else is making money off these people (Ramirez? Is that his name?) We really need to start keeping track of the names of the “officials” who are allowing thiis to go on and MAKE DAMN SURE they are not re-elected. This is our own fault and I’m about ready to make some MAJOR changes! Before the next election I’m going to research Judges, Congress, Senate, etc., etc., etc., and find out EXACTLY who is behind this Hispanic sympathy group and vote for Peter Pan if I have to to make sure these TRAITORS and not re-elected. This is complete BS! These “boys” should have been executed, regardless of their families persistence that they are innocent. They were illegal, therefore they are not innocent of anything.

  4. Whereisthejustice says:

    How in the heII do you kill 3 kids and behead them , I said behead them, and not get the death penalty!!!!!!!!!

  5. Nightowl says:

    This crime brought to you by illegal aliens….

  6. Bob says:

    How in the hell are these guys hear oh thats right they are illilges that are tax dollors are paying four I say kill them long and slow and let them suffer they dont deserve a dam thg to eat drink

  7. Tracey Reitterer says:

    Those 2 animals had their day in court. They’re lucky to still be alive, considering what they did to those kids. They’re both in cages where they belong. The courts should toss this request right in the trash.

  8. Tracey Reitterer says:

    The ridiculousness of our “justice” system never ends, does it?!?!

  9. defender of the defenseless says:

    Why do the evil get defended when the defenseless have no defenders? Do not reelect these fools.

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