Defense Lawyers In ‘Junior’ Trial Claim Clients Were Only Trying To “Rough Him Up”
During closing arguments, the attorneys for the defendants in the “justice for Junior” trial claimed that their clients were only trying to ‘rough up’ the Bronx teen, not kill him.
PIX 11 reports that Assistant District Attorney Morgan Dolan has said that all five men, Manuel Rivera, Elvin Garcia, Jose Muniz, Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, and Jonaiki Martinez Estrella planned to murder Junior on the night of June 20, 2018, with no mercy.
Each man has been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter, gang assault, conspiracy, and criminal possession of a weapon.
On Monday, the defense made their final statements, claiming that their clients simply got in with the wrong crowd and had no intentions of killing the teen.
The lawyers pointed the finger at Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, who is accused of delivering the fatal stab to Junior’s neck.
“An abhorrent act. A renegade act. An act by one man — only one man — that killed Junior,” said Toni Messina, Rivera’s lawyer. “Don’t blame my client for the decision of someone else.”
The men collectively claimed that they were pretending to stab Junior to please the gang’s ringleader.
If the men are found guilty, they face life in prison.