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Men charged in Iowa triple homicide seek separate trials

Emmanuel Totaye Jr., left, and Daishawn Gills, right (Courtesy: Polk County Jail)
Emmanuel Totaye Jr., left, and Daishawn Gills, right (Courtesy: Polk County Jail)(KCRG)
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 2:58 PM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Three men charged in a triple homicide that saw three teens shot to death inside a Des Moines home are seeking separate trials in the case.

Television station KCCI reports that a judge is set to decide this week whether to grant the suspects’ motions to be tried separately for first-degree murder in the January 2020 deaths of brothers Devonte Swanks and Malachi Swanks and a friend, Thayne Wright.

Emmanuel Totaye Jr., Daishawn Gills, and Leontreal Jones are all requesting separate trials, but state prosecutors want them tried together.

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