Closing arguments underway in hate crime trial

April 12, 2010 2:28:02 PM PDT
Closing arguments have begun in the hate crime stabbing of an Ecuadorean immigrant on Long Island.

"The pain is go away, but the scars -- they always gonna be in my heart," Joselo Lucero said.

For the first time since the trial began, Joselo Lucero spoke about the murder of his brother, Marcelo.

After enduring weeks of testimony and a three hour closing by the defense, Lucero told reporters he feels only sympathy for his brother's accused killer.

It was back in November of 2008 when Jeff Conroy and six teens allegedly changed the course of their lives and went out hunting for Mexicans.

"When I see these kids, I feel so much pain. They are 16, 17 years old. Their lives are gone," he said.

Defense attorney William Keahon tried to build doubt in the minds of jurors insisting "not one witness testified that they saw anyone stab Mr. Lucero."

Keahon warned jurors, "You know what the danger is. There's so much publicity you almost feel you have to convict. You owe nothing to no one."

"All the evidence is there. I don't have to think about it," Lucero said.

In fact, Conroy made a full confession after being caught with the knife, then later testified it was Chris Overton, 17, who actually stabbed Lucero.

Conroy's lawyer told jurors, "My client didn't kill Lucero, but if you believe he did, it wasn't intentional."

"I'm mad. Obviously, if Jeff did this, then take responsibility for it. He ruined a family's life. Don't ruin my family's life," said Denise Overton, Chris' mother.

The prosecution begins its closing arguments on Tuesday.


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