Jury Finalized, Murder Trial Underway

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email
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A jury has been finalized and the murder trial of Lorenzo Gonzalez is underway. The jury heard opening statements from the prosecution and defense just after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Gonzalez, 19, is accused of firing several bullets into a garage on Pueblo's east side around 3:30 a.m. on September 25, 2009. Eighteen-year-old Carlos Romero died at the scene.

Romero and friends were playing poker and partying in the garage when the shooting occurred. According to court documents, Gonzalez and a friend were allegedly walking down the alley next to the garage and overheard the people inside making comments about the gang Gonzalez is thought to be part of.

Police say, that's when Gonzalez pulled out a handgun and fired several bullets into the garage blindly.

At first, police had no suspects in the killing. About a week later, Gonzalez's girlfriend turned him in to the police, saying he had admitted to her that he fired the gun that killed Romero. Police talked to Gonzalez's girlfriend at the hospital where she was being treated for wounds from an assault she says he committed against her.

On December 23, 2009 a grand jury indicted Gonzalez on five counts of attempted first degree murder and a single count of murder in the first degree.

His trial is scheduled to last about two weeks.

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