Four Defendants Spared Death Penalty In Machete Case

MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors in Florida say they will seek the death penalty only for the ringleader in the machete slaying of a vocational school student.

The Miami Herald reports that the state attorney announced Tuesday that four of the five classmates accused in the killing should face life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jose Amaya Guardado.

Police say in June 2015 the Homestead Job Corps students lured Guardado into a wooded area near the school and he was hacked to death with a machete and buried in a shallow grave.

Authorities say Kaheem Arbelo led the attack and delivered the fatal blow.

Authorities have not released a motive.

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