Jury Finalized, Murder Trial Underway

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email

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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  • by David Location: Colorado Springs on Sep 22, 2010 at 08:42 PM
    This is the reason all honest, law-abiding citizens should carry a firearm for self-protection, and know how to use it very well. Think of the tens of thousands of dollars in trial expenses it would have saved, not to mention the million dollars it'll take to incarcerate him for 20 years. Moreover, if everyone carried, the 5% of our population who are criminals would be largely deterred from doing stupid things like firing into people's garages in the first place. The really stupid criminals who did so anyway wouldn't last very long.
  • by Mark Location: C/S on Sep 22, 2010 at 04:21 PM
    I wonder how big and bad this joker is when he meets his new cell mate, 19 years old wow BUBBA has some new entertainment....I hope they fry this PUNK
  • by Colorado Native Location: Colorado Springs on Sep 22, 2010 at 11:16 AM
    Dear Amused, those were my EXACT thoughts. Gangs are over rated and so 90's. And good for the girlfriend putting him jail. He's a loser that needs to be put away for good!
  • by Amused Location: CS on Sep 22, 2010 at 02:03 AM
    What a class act. A murderer and a woman beater. "Gangs" in Colorado are jokes. Pathetic wannabes. Shoot and kill him. Bravo to his girlfriend for turning him in.
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