Tuesday, 20 January 2015

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.
Pedro 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.
Jury selection for the suspected serial killer's trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court.
A Hartford 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 Hartford.
Miranda in 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 left.
"I'm not going to accept charges for something I didn't do," Miranda told a judge in rejecting the offer.
Another man, Miguel Roman, served 20 years in prison for the killing of Lopez until DNA evidence exonerated him and implicated Miranda.