NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Closing arguments were scheduled Wednesday in the trial of five men accused in the murder of Lesandro 'Junior" Guzman-Feliz.
The 15-year-old boy from the Belmont section of the Bronx was brutally killed outside a bodega June 2018.
Defense attorneys argued that their clients only meant to hurt the teen.The defense also claimed that Junior was a member of a gang.
Prosecutors claimed all five defendants were part of a gang and intended to kill Junior after mistaking him for a rival gang member.
Elvin Garcia, 23; Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, 24; Manuel Rivera, 18; Jose Muniz, 22 and Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, 24, were charged with first-degree murder, including torture.
They face life in prison if convicted.
Attorneys pointed fingers at Martinez Estrella saying he delivered the final blow- a knife to the neck of the teen who was a member of the the NYPD Explorers' program.
Jury deliberations were set to begin Thursday.
Nine other defendants face a separate trials for lesser charges.