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Men charged with killing of man found in burning car

February 12, 2021 GMT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two arrests have been made in the abduction and slaying of a Massachusetts man whose body was found inside a burning car in Connecticut.

The FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday that Brandon Batiste, of Springfield, Massachusetts and Calvin Roberson of Waterbury, Connecticut have been charged with kidnapping resulting in death, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and causing the death of a person through the use of a firearm.

Batiste, 33, was taken into custody Thursday in Athens, Georgia and Roberson, 38, was arrested in Waterbury. Both were being held Friday while awaiting court appearances. It was not clear if either has hired an attorney.

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They are accused of kidnapping 28-year-old Francisco Roman Jr., of Chicopee, Massachusetts on Dec. 24.

Roman’s body was found in the back of a 2010 Acura on Dec. 26 after firefighters in Hartford put out a blaze that had engulfed the car. An autopsy determined he had been shot to death.

Prosecutors said the charges could result in the federal death penalty or life in prison.