Man convicted of killing four in Polk County in 1997 back in court hoping for a new trial

BARTOW, Fla. - The man convicted of murdering four people in Polk County back in 1997 is back in court today fighting for a new trial.

The new attorneys for Nelson Serrano argue that his old attorney was incompetent back in 2006 when a jury found him guilty.

Serrano killed his former business partners at Eerie Manufacturing in Winter Haven where he was removed as president.

During the trial, the defense argued there was no way Serrano could have committed murder because he was seen on surveillance tape at a hotel in Atlanta the same day.

Prosecutors say right after the killings, Serrano fled to his native Ecuador. FDLE agents later deported him back to this county to face murder charges.

During this week's post-conviction hearing, Serrano's new attorney, Roy Black, will argue that the FDLE agents broke the law in Ecuador by illegally detaining Serrano and bringing him back to Florida.

In the week and a half hearing, Serrano hopes the judge will grant him a new trial even though the Florida Supreme Court upheld his conviction and death sentence in March 2011.

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