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Jury choice begins in 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz homicide trial

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Jury choice started Monday within the trial of 5 males accused within the machete slaying of a 15-year-old boy at a Bronx bodega final summer time.

5 suspected gang leaders face a number of costs within the homicide of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, who was killed in an obvious case of mistaken id.

Police say the defendants mistook Guzman-Feliz for the member of a rival gang, resulting in the June 2018 assault at a bodega on East 183rd Avenue in Belmont. {The teenager} was not affiliated with any gangs; the truth is, he was a member of the NYPD Explorers Program, a gaggle for younger individuals fascinated by pursuing careers in legislation enforcement.

Jury choice is anticipated to take weeks. All 5 defendants are charged with first- and second-degree homicide, manslaughter, conspiracy, gang assault and felony possession, WABC reported.

Total, 14 individuals have been charged within the killing. The opposite 9 are anticipated in court docket subsequent month, WPIX reported. All 14 face life sentences if convicted.

Guzman-Feliz’s slaying was caught on video. After being dragged outdoors the bodega by a number of individuals, crushed and slashed repeatedly with a machete, Guzman-Feliz was seen operating again into the shop, the place somebody inside appeared to level him away. {The teenager} died from neck wounds after making an attempt to run three blocks to a hospital.

{The teenager}’s homicide led to the #JusticeForJunior social media marketing campaign and the founding of the Protected Haven Bodega Program in late January. The store the place the slaying occurred was outfitted with a panic button, shatterproof glass, and a dwell feed to the native police precinct. The United Bodegas Affiliation mentioned it aimed for tons of of bodegas all through the town to be equally outfitted. However critics have decried the price of the tools: Between $3,000 and $4,000.

The New York Metropolis Police Basis has introduced plans to arrange a scholarship in Guzman-Feliz’s title.

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