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Xbox suspect: I wasn't there

Published July 20, 2006

ST. AUGUSTINE - The alleged ringleader of the killings of six people allegedly over a lost video game system testified Wednesday that he was in a bar at the time and wasn't involved in the crime.

Troy Victorino, 29, told jurors he was drinking with friends at a bar in Deltona until after 1 a.m. on Aug. 6, 2004, before going home to bed.

"It is my testimony that I am innocent," Victorino said. "I was not at the crime scene."

Investigators think the two women and four men were killed about 1 a.m. in the Deltona home.

Defense attorneys began presenting Victorino's case Wednesday afternoon after the state rested its case.

Prosecutors claim Victorino and two other men, Michael Salas and Jerone Hunter, both 20, carried out the killings because Victorino was angry about losing an Xbox game system and some clothing. One of the victims removed the items from her grandparents' vacant house, where Victorino had been squatting.

The defendants are each charged with six counts of first-degree murder, five counts of mutilating a corpse and other felonies. If they are convicted, the state will seek the death penalty.

Victorino also denied ever seeing the movie Wonderland, which contains a scene in which people are beaten with pipes. A prosecution witness had said he heard Victorino, while planning the murders, say he wanted to re-create that scene.

Victorino's friend Eunice Vega testified that Victorino was with her and some friends at the bar. During cross examination, she admitted she had a romantic relationship with the defendant.

Earlier Wednesday, jurors viewed grisly autopsy photographs as Medical Examiner Thomas Beaver described the wounds on the six victims.

[Last modified July 20, 2006, 01:52:18]

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