The man involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident in March 2013 that killed an Orthodox Jewish couple and their unborn child is now on trial.
Julio Acevedo, 46, could face life in prison if found guilty.
On March 3, 2013, Acevedo’s BMW hit the cab taking Nachman and Raizel Glauber, both 21, to the hospital, Raizel was seven months pregnant at the time. Prosecutors say Acevedo was driving over 60 mph when he passed on a solid yellow line, then couldn’t stop in time to avoid the cab that entered the intersection.
Acevedo is suspected of leaving the scene of the accidents. He surrendered to police after four days on the run.
Acevedo has stated that he fled the scene of the accident because of his distrust of police. In 1987, he was convicted of a murder in which government authorities withheld information regarding a collaborator who confirmed Acevedo’s defense that he was forced to commit the murder.
His conviction was overturned 10 years later. While waiting for a new trial, Acevedo robbed a dice game and was offered a plea deal by a judge of time served for the manslaughter and robbery charges, which Acevedo accepted.
Those convictions mean Acevedo could face 12 years to life or 20 years to life if found guilty in the hit-and-run.