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Prosecutors: Man derailed train for wife

April 27, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Prosecutors have told a Los Angeles jury that a man derailed a Metrolink commuter train and killed 11 people because he wanted to get back together with his estranged wife, which he accomplished. The allegation was made Monday during opening statements in the trial of Juan Manuel Alvarez, who is accused of 11 counts of murder and other crimes in the Jan. 26, 2005 disaster.

Authorities say Alvarez parked a vehicle on train tracks, doused it with gasoline and then fled as a train bore down. The Metrolink train struck the vehicle, derailed and hit another Metrolink train.

A prosecutor told jurors that Alvarez now receives regular visits in prison from his previously estranged wife.

The defense is to present its side when prosecutors conclude their opening remarks.


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