BANGOR — Lawyers for two men charged with shooting three Maine residents and burning their bodies inside a car in Bangor during a drug dispute have asked a judge for separate trials.

Attorneys for Randall Daluz of Brockton, Mass., and Nicholas Sexton, of Warwick, R.I., made their request at a hearing Wednesday.

Daluz’s lawyer argued that the state has a stronger case against Sexton, and his client can’t get a fair trial if they are tried together.

Prosecutors argued against two trials.

WABI-TV reports that the judge did not rule, but gave defense attorneys a week to submit supporting materials. Jury selection was scheduled for April 28.

The suspects have pleaded not guilty to killing Daniel Borders, of Hermon; Nicolle Lugdon, of Eddington; and Lucas Tuscano, of Bradford in August 2012.

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