New York Times: First Trial in 2007 Triple Murder in Newark Opens

New York Times: First Trial in 2007 Triple Murder in Newark Opens

Nearly three years later, this city on Tuesday began to relive one of the most notorious crimes in its recent history, as the first of six defendants went on trial in the execution-style murders of three students in a schoolyard on a summer night.

Thomas McTigue, an assistant county prosecutor, called the defendant, 26-year-old Rodolfo Godinez, a recruiter for a violent street gang who actively participated in the crime — laying the groundwork for a charge that he committed murder whether or not he fired the gun.