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Murder Victims' Daughters Spared Reliving Trauma

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Pasco, WA- A judge has decided two teenage girls shouldn't have to re-live their father's murder more than necessary.

Jose Garcia Morales and his brother are accused of shooting Alfredo and Maria Garcia in their Pasco home while their daughters looked on.

In a Franklin County courtroom today, Morales listened to an interpreter as prosecutor Steve Lowe argued that the victims' 14 and 16 year-old daughters should be interviewed simultaneously by him and the defense attorney.

The defense attorney wanted to interview the girls without prosecutors present. 

The judge, however agreed with prosecutors, based on the girls' ages, and only now are coming to grips with their father's murder.

Morales and his brother, Ramon Garcia Morales, will stand trial separately. The girls, along with their mother who survived the shooting, will most likely have to testify at both trials this summer.