Fresno, California 2021-10-04 21:28:22 –
The danger was an SUV that drove to Caurus outside his friend’s house.
“The man got off the SUV,” said prosecutor Deborah Miller. “He pointed his gun at the boys and said,’Give me everything you have.'”
Both 17-year-old Nick and his friend turned around and returned home.
The gunshot rang. Nick was beaten.
His friend dragged him home and called 911.
“I was yelling at someone on the phone that he was shot,” said Isabella Prieto. “He was shot in the head.”
Investigators believe that Joseph Espinoza shot Caurus during the robbery and tried to collect bail for his friend Jose Figueroa.
However, Espinoza’s defense lawyer says the evidence is flimsy.
“There are many criminal charges here,” lawyer Ralph Torres told the jury. “And if you listen to all the evidence, you’ll find that the evidence is inadequate.”
Nick’s friends couldn’t identify Espinoza as the man who supported them. He said it was too dark.
Witnesses gave various explanations about the SUVs involved in the shooting.
Statements from victims of the robbery also confused the explanation.
However, the investigators were trapped in a common thread.
Witnesses said it had a paper plate.
It led to the Toyota Highlander Espinoza, which had their stolen, driving.
Prosecutors also heard what they thought of Espinoza’s telephone admission to his friends in prison.
“On June 25, 2018, I heard defendant Jaso telling Jose Figueroa,’Hey, I caught the corpse last night,'” Prosecutor Miller said.
Espinoza faces life imprisonment without parole if convicted of all charges.
The trial is expected to last for several months.
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