Students face Death Penalty in Machete Slayings

| September 17, 2015


MIAMI  — Five Florida students have been charged with first-degree murder in the machete slaying of a fellow vocational school student and could face the death penalty.

The Miami Herald reports that a grand jury indicted the five suspects Wednesday.

Police say that in June, the Homestead Job Corps students lured 17-year-old Jose Amaya Guardado into a wooded area near the school, where he was hacked to death with the machete and buried in a shallow grave. The victim’s brother found his body several days later.

An arrest report contends the suspects planned the attack two weeks in advance.

The murder has brought scrutiny to the Homestead Job Corps, a live-in school and vocational training program for at-risk students run by the U.S. Department of Labor. Fall classes were suspended at the school.

Associated Press

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