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Grand jury formally charges man in Lakeland quadruple murder

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Posted at 12:35 PM, Sep 22, 2021

LAKELAND, Fla. — A grand jury has formally charged a Florida man in a 22-count indictment that includes four first-degree murder counts in the fatal shooting of a family authorities say he attacked at random.

Court documents show the indictment was filed Tuesday in Polk County Circuit Court against Bryan Riley.

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Other charges included attempted murder, kidnapping, arson, burglary and animal cruelty for killing the family dog.

Riley, a 33-year-old former Marine, could ultimately face the death penalty or life in prison if convicted of the murders. Riley has not entered a plea.

Prosecutors have not announced a decision on whether to seek the death penalty.