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Police Struggle To Identify Which Twin Is Hit-And-Run Driver

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A California murder trial gives a hefty dose of double trouble. The two suspects are identical twins, and determining which is which could mean the death penalty for one.

Roman and Ruslan Glukhoy, the 19-year-old twins, look nearly indistinguishable even in their mugshots.

But in the shell game that is distinguishing Roman from Ruslan glukhoy everything is at stake.

"This puts the death penalty as a potential option," Supervising Deputy District Attorney David Pellman said. "Our office will not make that determination whether or not to seek the death penalty until we review the complete investigation."

A capital punishment sentence could only be handed down to one of the twins -- whichever one, if either, is found guilty of being behind the wheel in the police chase and fatal collision that killed 14-year-old Anahi Tovar and her father, Jose.

In the chaos of that scene, if first responders and police weren't absolutely certain to keep straight who they were treating and who they were still chasing, defense attorneys could get acquittals for both roman and ruslan.

They both have now pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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