Bank Slayings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Madison County Attorney Joe Smith says there is no question Gabriel Rodriguez was part of the attack that left five people dead in a Norfolk bank in September 2002.

Smith commented Tuesday during opening arguments in the murder trial of the man he says "fingered each and everyone who was to die minutes later" in the U.S. Bank branch that day.

Smith says evidence will show how Rodriguez was seen the night before the murders with the three other men who already have been convicted of killing four bank employees and a customer.

Smith says testimony from Rodriguez's former girlfriend and other evidence will be more than enough to prove Rodriguez was guilty.

Rodriguez's attorney Mark Johnson says the prosecution's case involves circumstantial evidence. He says there is no evidence that Rodriguez participated in any killings.

Rodriguez faces five counts of first-degree murder. His trial is expected to last about a week.

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