A judge ruled Friday that two men facing federal charges in connection with the 2018 kidnapping and murder of a Vermont man should be tried in the fall of 2024.
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U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Crawford has scheduled the trial of Serhat Gumrukcu of Los Angeles and Burke Eratay of Las Vegas for October 7, 2024. The two were previously charged with orchestrating the kidnapping and murder of third suspects Jerry Banks and Gregory Davis, 49, of Danville, Vermont. They pleaded not guilty last year to an international tenant-murder conspiracy involving the oil trade.
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Prosecutors allege Banks participated in a conspiracy that began when he threatened to report to the FBI that he was involved in an illicit oil deal with Gumrukcu. Davis’ body was found on the side of a snowy side street in Vermont. A fourth Las Vegas resident Allen Lee Etheridge pleaded guilty in July and is awaiting sentencing.