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Judge, not jury, to hear case against man accused of racing before crash killed mother, 3 kids


PHILADELPHIA — A man accused of drag racing before a crash that killed a mother and three children two years ago has agreed to have his case heard by a judge rather than a jury.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1IHw8Qr ) reports that prosecutors agreed not to press for a mandatory life term if 24-year-old Khusen Akhmedov of Lancaster agreed to a nonjury trial.

His decision Tuesday came one day after 32-year-old Ahmen Holloman pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and was sentenced to five to 10 years.

Authorities allege that the two were racing as 27-year-old Samara Banks and her children were crossing a north Philadelphia boulevard on foot in July 2013, and Akhmedov's car struck them.

Akhmedov's attorney has argued that he could only be convicted of involuntary manslaughter or vehicular homicide.

Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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