Death Penalty Sought In Student's Death

3 Men Charged With Killing Graduate Student

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - The State Attorney's Office announced Friday it will seek the death penalty against three men accused of killing a Florida State University graduate student.

Peter Hughes, 22, Kentrell Johnson, 39, and Quentin Truehill, 23, were indicted last month on charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping to facilitate a felony in the death of 29-year-old Vincent Binder.

Binder's body was found in an open field in St. Johns County on April 28.

The FSU graduate student was last seen in Tallahassee on April 2.

After friends reported Binder missing on April 8, the Tallahassee Police Department said it began reviewing Binder's phone and financial information. The review led investigators to Miami.

Tallahassee police said they were notified by the South Florida U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force that it had located a stolen pickup truck believed to be used by three prison escapees from Louisiana. Investigators linked the three fugitives to Tallahassee and possibly to the disappearance of Binder.

The U.S. marshals apprehended the fugitives on April 12.

Investigators said they later received information from one of the fugitives that further linked them to Binder's disappearance.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents searching for evidence in conjunction with the case found Binder's body in a field near the intersection of Interstate 95 and State Road 16.

The FDLE did not release the specific cause of death.

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