Jury convicts Alfaro of murder in Newark schoolyard killings

NEWARK - After four days of deliberations, the jury of the Newark schoolyard murders reached a verdict, finding Alexander Alfaro guilty of 16 of the 17 counts against him.

The 20-year-old was the third of six men to stand trial for the execution-style killings of the three college students. Terrance Aeriel, Dashon Harvey and Iofemi Hightower were all shot execution style in a Newark schoolyard in 2007. The sole survivor of the incident, Natasha Aeriel, was shot and slashed with a machete. She testified against Alfaro during the trial.

Alfaro is the youngest to stand trial and had alleged duress from gang pressure. The jurors didn't buy it and found him guilty of all but one charge.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 19. The two men who stood trial before are both facing consecutive life sentences.

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