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Judge excludes gory photos from Ind. murder trial

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An Indianapolis judge has excluded several photos of three slain children and four adults from evidence in a murder trial because they might inflame the jury.

Marion Criminal Court Judge Robert Altice said he had trouble viewing some of the gruesome photos even after 20 years on the bench.

Altice made the ruling during a pretrial hearing Thursday for 31-year-old Desmond Turner and 33-year-old James Stewart. Turner’s trial is set for Oct. 5. Stewart is scheduled to go to trial Nov. 30.

The men face murder charges in the June 2006 shooting deaths of four adults and three young children in a home on the city’s east side.

Turner, whom prosecutors believe was the main triggerman, could face the death penalty if convicted.

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