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Jury Selection Begins in Trial for Slain NYC Teen in Machete Attack

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    Trial for Murdered Bronx Teen 'Junior' Begins

    The trial begins Monday in the murder of Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz. Erica Byfield reports.

    (Published Monday, April 15, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Jury selection proceedings started Monday in the trial of 5 men believed to have taken part in the slaying of a teen inside a Bronx bodega

    • The five are facing murder charges in the horrific machete attack death of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, in a case of mistaken identity

    • In total, fourteen suspects have been arrested in connection to the June 2018 killing

    Jury selection proceedings started Monday in the trial of five suspected gang leaders believed to have taken part in the savage slaying of a 15-year-old boy inside a Bronx bodega last summer.

    The five are facing murder charges in the horrific machete attack death of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, who was killed in June 2018 by a group of alleged gang members in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

    Investigators say the group mistook Guzman-Feliz, who was not affiliated with any gang, for a member of the rival fraction of the Trinitarios gang. In total, more than a dozen suspects have been arrested in connection to the killing.

    Jury selection should take weeks, an attorney tells NBC 4 New York, since they need to find 12 jurors and their alternates.

    Street Renamed for Murdered Bronx Teen

    [NY] Street Renamed for Murdered Bronx Teen

    Murdered teen Leandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz was honored in the Bronx today with a street renamed in his memory. Gaby Acevedo reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019)

    Only the potential jurors will be allowed in the courtroom, while everyone else has to watch the proceedings from a monitor on the sixth floor, NBC 4 New York learned.

    The horrifying attack on Guzman-Feliz was captured on video; he was dragged outside the bodega and set upon by a gang of men who hacked at him as he struggled to defend himself. The boy was slashed in the neck and died after running to a hospital three blocks away.

    Guzman-Feliz had been part of the NYPD's Explorers program, a group for youths interested in a law enforcement career. The New York City Police Foundation announced it planned to set up a scholarship in his name.

    Safe Haven Bodega Program Launches in Bronx

    [NY] Safe Haven Bodega Program Launches in Bronx

    The Safe Haven Bodega program has launched in the Bronx. Ida Siegal reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019)

    Since the violent attack, the community’s outpouring of love and support has been seen in a mural. Guzman-Feliz’s memory has also been honored through  the renaming of a street and a summer camp at a state park, as well as prompting the “Safe Haven Bodega” program in the city.

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