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 April 18th, 2007  
Statement by St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara regarding latest indictment in Oct. 13, 2006, Turnpike murder case

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 -- Here is a statement by St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara:

The second superseding indictment handed up by the federal grand jury adds three extremely serious charges against defendants Ricardo Sanchez and Daniel Troya:

* Conspiracy to commit carjacking;

* Armed carjacking resulting in death; and

* Using a firearm during a crime of violence.

These additional charges in the case of the Oct. 13 murders of a family of four – including two small children – show the progress we are continuing to make in the case. Investigators of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office continue to work closely with their federal counterparts.

Over the past six months, we have continued to pool our investigative resources to uncover additional details surrounding the murders to the members of the Escobedo family and the activities that led to those murders.

I would like to compliment the excellent work of Alexander Acosta, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and all the members of his staff, particularly Assistant United States Attorney Stephen Carlton, who have worked diligently on this case. That hard work, along with that of investigators with several federal, state and local agencies, has resulted in the second superseding indictment.

All of us working on this case have one goal: Justice for the victims and their families, especially the two innocent children who were murdered along with their parents on Florida’s Turnpike in St. Lucie County.

The second superseding indictment has significantly advanced the investigation by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office. That investigation is active and ongoing.

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