Trial set for man accused of Inverness apartment slayings

Published 4:45 pm Friday, November 20, 2009

Alejandros Castaneda will stand trial on capital murder charges in May 2010, Shelby County Circuit Judge Dan Reeves announced during a Nov. 20 hearing.

Castaneda is charged with helping to murder five men at an Inverness apartment complex Nov. 20, 2008. Police discovered the five victims with their legs and arms bound with tape and their throats cut at the Cahaba Lakes apartment complex off U.S. 280.

The victims were also beaten and electrocuted in what police believe was a murder-for-hire case, according to District Attorney Robby Owens and Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry.

Castaneda was one of six men charged with murder in the case. Juan Francisco Castaneda, Christopher Scott Jones, Jaime Duenas-Rodriguez, Derrick Renone Green and Torre Jovan Gholston were also arrested and charged with the murders.

All six have pleaded not guilty to the crimes, and are being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail. Court officials have not yet set court dates for the remaining five suspects.