Murder trial for Somalis in piracy case to begin

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Trial is set to begin in Virginia for three Somali men charged with piracy and the 2011 murders of four Americans aboard a yacht off the coast of Africa.

The yacht’s owners, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., and their friends, Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were shot to death in February 2011 after they were taken hostage at sea several hundred miles south of Oman.

Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar could face the death penalty if they’re convicted. In all, 22 of the 26 counts with which the defendants are charged are death-eligible offenses.

Eleven other men in the case have already pleaded guilty to piracy and been sentenced to life in prison.

Jury selection begins Tuesday.

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