Jurors cry as prosecutor describes fatal attack on officers

Houston Chronicle | 4/17/2019 | Staff
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INDIO, Calif. (AP) — The trial of a man charged with killing two Southern California police officers in an ambush-style attack began with tears Wednesday, as jurors cried when the prosecutor in the case held up the AR-15 rifle used in the killings and described the fatal wounds.

Prosecutor Manny Bustamante told jurors in opening statements that admitted gang member John Hernandez Felix targeted the officers simply because they were police. Some cried as he spoke of their wounds.

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Palm Springs Officers Lesley Zerebny and Jose "Gil" Vega were killed while responding to a domestic violence call at Felix's mother's house on Oct. 8, 2016. Prosecutors say Felix was wearing body armor when he opened fire with the AR-15.

"This defendant intentionally took that sunset and any remaining sunsets they had in their lives, not only because they were Zerebny and Vega, but because they were Officer Vega and Officer Zerebney," Bustamante said, the Desert Sun reported .

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Six other officers were injured as police and Felix exchanged gunfire in the residential neighborhood in Palm Springs, more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) east of Los Angeles. Felix was arrested after a lengthy standoff.

Felix's attorney told jurors that his client has low intelligence and was on drugs at the time of the crime.


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