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Co-defendant Fernandez, medical examiner testify in Washington’s trial

By Staff | May 6, 2009

Another co-defendant, Alexis Fernandez, has begun testimony regarding the beating, torture and killing of Alexis and Jeffrey Sosa.
Fernandez pleaded guilty to lesser charges last week as part of a state plea deal. If he testifies truthfully against his co-defendants during their trials, he will be sentenced to 26 years in prison.
He drove with the Sosas in his trunk to the north Cape Coral industrial park where they were killed.
Fernandez is the second co-defendant to testify that Roderick Washington was the individual holding the Sosas at rifle-point as they were tied and tortured. Today is day two of trial for Washington, who is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, kidnaping and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He faces life in prison if convicted in the 2006 slayings.
Medical Examiner Robert Pfalzgraf said autopsies of the Sosas? bodies revealed Jeffrey Sosa died of gunshots to the neck and chest, while Alexis Sosa died of gunshot wounds to the head and chest and had been shot at least four times.
Both died before a vehicle fire that burned the remains of Alexis Sosa in a north Cape Coral industrial park, because neither had carbon monoxide in their blood, Pfalzgraf testified.
Further tests revealed the Sosas both had drugs in their systems, such as cocaine and methamphetamines.