Brian Murphy, who is representing Adan Canela, 25, said his client and co-defendant Policarpio Espinoza Perez, 30, turned down a deal at a court hearing Thursday. Had they accepted, Canela and Perez would have received life sentences with all but 40 years suspended, Murphy said.
"The state made it pretty clear, take it today or it's withdrawn," Murphy said. "They're OK with that; they rejected it." The case now looks set to go to a third trial, which is scheduled to start March 11. The first resulted in a hung jury, and a conviction and life sentences for the men in a second were overturned on appeal.