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Second trial
begins in slayings of two gay Florida men

Second trial
begins in slayings of two gay Florida men

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The trial of Scott Schweickert, the second man charged in connection with the deaths of two gay men near Tampa, Fla., in 2003, began on Monday.

The trial of Scott Schweickert, the second man charged in connection with the deaths of two gay men near Tampa, Fla., began on Monday, the St. Petersburg Times reports. Schweickert is accused of helping another man drug two gay men before their deaths in 2003.

Michael Wachholtz's body was discovered three years ago wrapped in a sheet in the back of a Jeep Cherokee parked in a remote area of an apartment complex in Town 'N Country, an unincorporated area near Tampa. Jason Galehouse, another young gay man, had vanished around the same time. The crime and the disappearance touched off one of the most high-profile murder investigations in the area's recent history.

Schweickert , 41, is charged with conspiracy and assisting in a drug-facilitated crime of violence. His case is being heard in a U.S. district court.

Steven Lorenzo, with whom Schweickert is accused of conspiring, was found guilty in the case in November 2005. He was convicted on nine counts of administering GHB, a central nervous system depressant, with the intent of committing violence. He was sentenced to 200 years in prison. (The Advocate)

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