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Opening statements in Metrolink crash trial

April 27, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Opening statements began Monday for the man accused of causing a deadly Metrolink accident.Prosecutors are expected to focus on the motivation of the suspect, 29-year-old Juan Alvarez.

Eleven people were killed and 180 were injured in the January 2005 derailment in Glendale.

Prosecutors say they have two major questions: Was Alvarez trying to commit suicide when he drove his jeep onto a train track? Or, was he trying to cause a horrible catastrophe to get the attention of his estranged wife?

Alvarez could receive the death penalty if convicted.

 

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