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'These women marked the defendant': Trial begins for accused Baltimore strangler

'These women marked the defendant': Trial begins for accused Baltimore strangler

Police found the bodies six days and two miles apart in Northwest Baltimore, both women beaten and strangled with their pants pulled down. But Ranarda Williams and Annquinette Dates fought back last September, both screaming and scratching.

“Make no mistake about it, these women marked the defendant so you would know who killed them,” prosecutor Traci Robinson told jurors Wednesday in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Elias Josael Jimenez Alvarado sat quietly as Robinson described the killings, saying the young man from El Salvador strangled both women with his bare hands. The murder trial began Wednesday against Alvarado, and in unusual procedure prosecutors brought him to stand trial...

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