1991 triple homicide trial expected to wrap up next week

On Feb.8, Judge Judith Bartnoff said she expects a triple homicide trial against an alleged drug dealer to end next week. The trial began on Jan. 23.

Benito Valdez is charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly fatally shooting Curtis Pixley, 29, Keith Simmons, 24, and Samantha Gillard, 23, on April 23, 1991.

During the fourth week of trial, the defense is expected to call their final witnesses on Feb. 12. Closing arguments are expected on Feb. 13.

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