Tampering and intimidation concerns may prompt a federal judge in Florida to seal juror names in the trial of two men accused of shooting a family to death on the side of a highway, according to Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers.
U.S. District Judge Daniel T. K. Hurley is set to consider keeping the jury anonymous in the case of Daniel Troya and Ricardo Sanchez Jr., both of whom could face the death penalty if convicted of crimes related to the 2006 slaying of Jose and Yessica Escobedo and their two young sons. The newspaper chain reports that Hurley already agreed to hold off on releasing the names of witnesses; prosecutors claimed the defendants had "embarked on a concerted effort to intimidate and threaten" them. Authorities believe the murders were related to drug-trafficking.
Two other defendants in the case face drug charges.