NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - All of the suspects in the murder of Bronx teen Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz outside a bodega in June appeared in court for a pre-trial hearing Thursday.
Prosecutors asked Judge Robert Neary to allow for DNA samples to be taken from the accused killers with the intent of checking for matches in the vehicles seen leaving the scene.
Kevin Alvarez, Jose Tavarez, Manuel Rivera, Danel Fernandez, Danilo Payamps Pacheco, Diego Suero, Gabriel Ramirez Concepcion, Ronald Urena, Frederick Then, Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, Antonio Rodriguez, Hernandez Santiago, Jose Muniz, Elvin Garcia, and Luis Cabrera Santos - part of the Trinitarios gang - are charged with murder, manslaughter, and additional charges.
The suspects are being held at different jails.
The slashing death of Guzman-Feliz on Bathgate Avenue was allegedly ordered by the gang in a case of mistaken identity.
The member of the NYPD Explorers' Program--a group for youths interested in a law enforcement career--was followed into the bodega, dragged onto the street and stabbed with large knives and machetes.
Video of the gruesome and deadly assault was circulated online.