LawCo Man Pleads Innocent to Murder in Case of Missing Boat Crew

MIAMI - Two men suspected of killing four people aboard a fishing charter boat pleaded not guilty yesterday to a new grand jury indictment charging each with murder and kidnapping.

Kirby Archer, 36, of Strawberry (Lawrence County), and 20-year-old Guillermo Zarabozo could be sentenced to death if convicted of the first-degree murder charges.  They were also charged with robbery for the alleged theft of the 47-foot "Joe Cool" charter boat.

Lawyers for the two suspects entered the innocent pleas at a brief hearing after the indictment was returned.  Neither man spoke at the hearing.

A trial date will be set by U.S. District Judge Paul Huck.  The nine-count grand jury indictment replaces and formalizes the initial murder charges contained in a criminal complaint filed earlier this month.

The men are being held without bond.  Archer is also accused in Arkansas of stealing more than $92,000 in January from a Batesville Wal-Mart store where was a manager, which prosecutors say was one reason he had for seeking to flee the U.S.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)