Trial of Man in Pietrzak Murders Begins July 21

Opening statements in the trial of a fourth defendant in the October 2008 murders of a Marine and his wife will take place Monday, July 21 at 9 a.m. at the Hall of Justice in Riverside.

Kesaun Kedron Sykes is the last to be tried for the murders of Marine Corps Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24, and his wife Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26, who were found murdered in their home in the unincorporated area of Winchester/French Valley.

In June 2013, two separate juries found Kevin Cox, Emrys John and Tyrone Miller guilty of two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances of murder during the commission of a robbery. All three, along with Sykes, worked with Sgt. Petrzak at one time as Marines while stationed at Camp Pendleton, according to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.

The Pietrzaks were found bound and shot in the head. Sgt. Pietrzak was physically assaulted and his wife was sexually assaulted before both were murdered.


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