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Convictions upheld in '04 Md. slayings

State prosecutors say Maryland's second-highest court has upheld the convictions of two men in the near-beheadings of their three young relatives in 2004.

The Court of Special Appeals on Thursday upheld the 2006 convictions of Policarpio Espinoza and Adan Canela. The three-judge panel also upheld the two consecutive life sentences without parole for the men.

Espinoza and Canela, illegal immigrants from Mexico, were convicted in of first-degree murder in the deaths of 8-year-old Lucero Espinoza; her 9-year-old brother Ricardo Espinoza; and her 10-year-old male cousin, Alexis Espejo Quezada.

The children were found with their throats slashed in a Baltimore apartment in May 2004. A motive for the slayings was never established.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 2, 2010; 7:50 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore , From the Courthouse , Updates  
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