South Fla. man acquitted in '94 triple murder

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Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 8:10 pm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida man once sentenced to die for a 1994 triple murder has been acquitted following a new trial that was ordered by the state Supreme Court.

Jurors deliberated about 10 days before finding Seth Penalver not guilty Friday. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that Penalver wept and knelt as if in prayer after the verdict was read.

Penalver's first trial ended in a mistrial. In 1999 he was convicted and sentenced to die. That verdict was tossed in 2006 by the Supreme Court, which found problems with evidence.

Marie Rogers, Sharon Anderson, and nightclub owner Casmir Sucharski were fatally shot during a robbery at Sucharski's home in Miramar. A videotape captured the crime but one man wore a hat and sunglasses. Penalver insisted he wasn't involved.

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