Jury selection to begin for suspected Hartford serial killer
A New Britain man serving a prison sentence of life plus 100
years for the 1988 killing of a Hartford girl faces another trial for the
killing of a Hartford girl in 1987.
Miranda, 57, is charged with murder, felony murder, capital felony and
first-degree kidnapping. He's accused of kidnapping Mayra Cruz, 13, from
Hartford in 1987 and killing her. Mayra's body was found in East Windsor, near
where Miranda worked at the time.
selection for the suspected serial killer's trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday
in Hartford Superior Court.
Superior Court jury convicted Miranda in 2011 of murder, felony murder, capital
felony and first-degree kidnapping for the 1988 killing of Carmen Lopez, 17, of
May turned down a plea offer for the killings of Mayra and Rosa Valentin, 16,
who vanished from a Hartford street in 1986 and whose body has never been
found. Prosecutor David Zagaja offered to resolve both cases with concurrent
prison sentences with the hope Miranda would reveal where Valentin's body was
going to accept charges for something I didn't do," Miranda told a judge
in rejecting the offer.
Miguel Roman, served 20 years in prison for the killing of Lopez until DNA
evidence exonerated him and implicated Miranda.