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4 ex-Marines ordered to trial in death of Marine, wife

August 13, 2009 |  9:49 am


Four ex-Marines have been ordered to stand trial for murder in the deaths of a Marine sergeant and his wife in the French Valley neighborhood of southern Riverside County.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Judith Clark on Wednesday ordered Emrys John, 19; Kevin Cox, 21; Tyrone Miller, 21; and Kesaun Sykes, 22, to stand trial in the shooting deaths of Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24, and his wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26. The four have pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors allege the Oct. 15, 2008, slayings were part of a robbery scheme in which the four, who were in the Marine Corps at the time, burst into the family's home in search of money.

The two victims were bound and gagged before being shot; Jenkins-Pietrzak was raped while her husband was forced to watch, prosecutors said. A fire was set to destroy evidence, according to court documents.

Pietrzak, an Iraq war veteran, was stationed at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego. His wife was a counselor with the Black Infant Health Program run by the Riverside County health department.

The couple had been married for two months. Two of the defendants worked with Pietrzak.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak and Jan Pietrzak. Credit: Marine Corps Times