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Third trial began for suspects in fatal encampment shooting

November 5, 2019

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state authorities have announced a third trial is underway for two brothers charged with murder and assault in a fatal encampment shooting.

KOMO-TV reports that previous hung juries could not decide on a verdict for brothers 21-year-old James Taafulisia and 20-year-old Jerome Taafulisia.

Authorities say the brothers were minors when they were arrested. Their third trial began Thursday.

Prosecutors say the January 2016 shooting was a result of a planned robbery of a drug dealer who reportedly owed their mother money.

Authorities say two people were killed and three were wounded.

The defense said reports were not given in full detail, some evidence was not collected, and due diligence was not used with tips from witnesses.

Authorities say a younger brother was charged and convicted in 2018.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/