Four suspects accused of kidnapping, torturing and sexually assaulting two U of R students goes to trial Monday morning. Five other suspects already took plea deals. Sources say this was a case of mistaken identity in retaliation for a drug deal gone bad.
Another high profile trial begins on Monday. Four suspects who are accused of kidnapping and torturing two University of Rochester students go on trial Monday. Five other suspects already took plea deals.
On Monday jury selection begins. This was a very well-known case in the community. The case goes back to December 2015. Rochester Police rescued two University of Rochester students from a house on Harvest Street in the city after they were abducted. We're told the two victims were sexually assaulted and one was shot in the leg.
Sources tell us this was a case of mistaken identity in retaliation for a drug deal gone bad.
Lydell Strickland, David Alcaraz Ubiles, Ruth Lora, and Inalia Rolldan all face kidnapping and weapons charges. Strickland is also charged with sexual assault and robbery.
When the fifth suspect pleaded guilty in September, prosecutors told us it spoke to the strength of their case against the remaining four suspects. We will see as jury selection begins around 9:30 Monday morning.