Hartford man faces second of 3 trials in teen killings

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut prosecutors are hoping to win a second murder conviction against a Hartford man who authorities say killed three teenage girls in the 1980s.

Fifty-seven-year-old Pedro Miranda is scheduled to go on trial Wednesday in Hartford Superior Court for the 1987 killing of 13-year-old Mayra Cruz. Miranda says he’s innocent.

Miranda was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2011 for the murder of 17-year-old Carmen Lopez in 1988 — a crime that led to the wrongful conviction of Lopez’s boyfriend, Miguel Roman, who served 20 years in prison before being freed in 2008. Miranda also awaits trial for the 1986 killing of 16-year-old Rosa Valentin.

Miranda was charged in the killings in 2008, based on DNA tests conducted when the Connecticut Innocence Project investigated Roman’s case.

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