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Third attempt for Leon Davis trial this week

Bartow, Florida - Prosecutors will attempt for the third time Wednesday to select a jury in the murder trial of Leon Davis, Jr. The first two ended in a mistrial.

Circuit Judge J. Michael Hunter declared te most recent mistrial in October.

Davis is charged with three counts of First Degree Murder for the killings in Lake Wales in 2007. Investigators say Davis threw gasoline on 23-year-old Juanita Luciano -- who was six months pregnant -- and her 26-year-old sister-in-law, Yvonne Bustamante, then set them on fire.

Original Story: Two women set on fire, suspect surrenders

Both women died. Luciano's baby was delivered in an emergency c-section, but also died.

During questioning at his most recent trial nearly three months ago, a paramedic testified that Bustamante told him that "there was no doubt in her mind" that Davis was her attacker. Because Bustamante is dead and cannot be questioned about what was in her mind, the judge declared a mistrial.

Davis also faces another murder trial for the unrelated killings of two Polk County convenience store clerks.



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