Judge sets separate trial dates for 2012 Good Friday shooting suspects Jacob England and Alvin Watts

A judge has set two separate trial dates for the two men charged with murdering three African-Americans and injuring two others last year on Good Friday.

Jacob Carl England, 19, and Alvin Lee Watts, 33, are each charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to kill and five counts of malicious intimidation or harassment.

Both defendants have pleaded not guilty.

District Judge James Caputo set Watt's trial for Feb. 3, 2014. England's trial will be held March 3.

England and Watts, listed in court documents as white, are accused of the shooting deaths of William Allen, Bobby Clark and Dannaer Fields as they walked near their homes on April 6. Two other people, David Hall, 46, and Deon Tucker, 44, were shot but survived. All five victims were black.

Prosecutors say the two targeted blacks because the father of England -- who is a Cherokee Indian -- was killed by a black man in 2010.

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