Junior's mom arrived in court feeling upbeat after the prosecution's star witness took the stand Monday. But then video of her son's heinous murder was played yet again for the courtroom -- leaving her in tears.
Leandra Guzman arrived in Bronx criminal court Tuesday and thanked friends and supporters a day after the prosecution called Kevin Alvarez to the stand to flip on his co-defendants. Alvarez said he was a gang member who helped murder Junior.
But then surveillance video of the teen's brutal murder was played again for the jury and courtroom in painful slow motion.
Junior's mother and his entire family turned away with their heads between their knees, quietly crying throughout.
Meanwhile, the mother of one of the defendants showed her displeasure with the press.
As for Alvarez, the star witness testifying that after butchering Junior, he and fellow gang members looked at a photo of the rival gang they were targeting, but were unsure Junior was among those in the picture.
Details of Alvarez's plea deal were also revealed Tuesday.
He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and conspiracy and faces 25 years in prison. Under the agreement, he will be sentenced to time served and charged only with conspiracy.
Christopher Carrion is a legal analyst who has been observing the proceedings.
"This is a huge deal. We saw some of the other witnesses that put out some testimony that could be considered a little boring, hyper-technical," Carrion said. "But this witness, he's tying all of those pieces together."
Alvarez also testified that his former gang members have been ordered to murder him on sight.
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