Suffolk 7 face new charges in hate crime

January 28, 2009 3:18:21 PM PST
Seven Long Island teenagers already accused in the stabbing death of an Ecuadorean immigrant are facing new charges they attacked other Hispanics.The seven are beinge arraigned Wednesday in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead on various charges linking them to attacks prior to the Nov. 8, 2008, killing of Marcelo Lucero.

Prosecutors say the 37-year-old was targeted by the teens because of his race.

One teen already has been charged with murder as a hate crime. Six others face charges including assault. All have pleaded not guilty.

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