Public defenders set in four slayings

From Staff ReportsOctober 20, 2006 

— A man charged in the execution-style killings of four men last year will be represented by two public defenders when he goes on trial for his life.

Rodrick Vernard Duncan, 27, made a brief first court appearance Thursday. It's a capital case, raising the possibility Duncan could get the death penalty, which is why two lawyers will be assigned him.

Duncan is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon in the Nov. 19 homicides at 2222 Alpine Road.

Police say more arrests are likely in the case, as they think Duncan had accomplices.

Duncan's next court appearance is Nov. 27.

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