Wilkins brothers to stand trial in killings in Berks, Lehigh counties

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Published: Jul 12 2013 12:36:56 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 12 2013 06:22:15 PM EDT
Michael Wilkins and Maurice Wilkins
READING, Pa. -

Two brothers charged in connection with a double homicide in Berks County and the torturing and killing of a woman in Lehigh County are heading to trial.

Michael Wilkins and his brother, Maurice Wilkins, were in court in Reading on Friday for a preliminary hearing.

The two men, authorities said, shot and killed Rafael Alequin and Dario McLemore in December in the 1100 block of Franklin Street in Reading. The motive, police said, was a bogus drug deal.  

The brothers then attacked and tortured Jennifer Velez Negron after she witnessed the double homicide, officials said. Her body was found along a road in Salisbury Twp., Lehigh Co.