In 2011 in the Indian Ocean, pirates seized a yacht with four Americans aboard, who were later killed during a standoff with the U.S. Navy.
On Tuesday, a federal court in Virginia began jury selection in the capital trial of three Somali pirates charged in the February 2011 deaths of Scott and Jean Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., and Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle.
Nearly two dozen pirates have been convicted in U.S. courts in connection with the seizure of foreign vessels, but the trial in Norfolk marks the first death penalty case brought against pirates in the United States.
According to the European Union Naval Force, there have been three attempted attacks on vessels off the coast of Somalia this year, compared with 176 attacks in 2011. None of this year’s attacks succeeded.