April 4, 1995 in Nation/World

Menendez Brothers To Face Single Jury

Compiled From Wire Services

Lyle and Erik Menendez will be retried together before one jury for the 1989 shotgun slayings of their wealthy parents, a judge ruled Monday.

Defense attorneys argued for separate trials, saying they feared testimony helpful to one brother might hurt the other.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stanley Weisberg said “the benefits of a joint trial in this case greatly outweigh the potential prejudice.”

The first trial was heard by separate juries before a single judge in the same courtroom, with one jury leaving whenever testimony or evidence involved only the other brother.

A mistrial was declared in January 1994 after both juries deadlocked on murder and manslaughter charges. The retrial is scheduled to begin June 12.

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