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Arraignment for local man accused of 2003 torture/kill murders

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From the Baynews9 website, a man may finally be brought to justice for a pair of murders in 2003.

A federal prison inmate will be arraigned today in the torture deaths of two Seminole Heights men who disappeared in 2003 after visiting a nightclub.

The defendant, 48, is already serving 40 years in federal prison for giving the "date rape" drug GHB to one of the victims. A Hillsborough County grand jury indicted him on two counts of first-degree murder in 2012, and prosecutors now want to put him on trial.

The suspect and another man are accused of luring two victims, both 26, back to the suspect's Seminole Heights bungalow from a gay nightclub on Armenia Avenue.

Prosecutors say the two defendants tortured both men, killing one and that the other died after rough sex. They say one man's body was dismembered and scattered in garbage bins across Tampa. The other body was eventually found in his car.



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