Trial set for man accused of killing young dad
KESQ | May 04, 2013
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Jury selection is expected to wrap up next week for the trial of a Riverside gang member accused of gunning down a 23-year-old father of three in a racially motivated attack that could land the alleged shooter on death row if he’s convicted.
Jesse Manzo, 25, is charged with first-degree murder, gang activity and being a convicted felon in possession of a gun, with special circumstance allegations of committing a hate crime in the course of a murder and killing for the benefit of a criminal street gang.
Jury selection in the case began last week and is expected to conclude before the end of next week. Opening statements are tentatively set for May 13.
Manzo’s is one of the oldest untried felony cases pending in Riverside County Superior Court. He’s been in county jail since June 2008.
According to testimony from a 2009 preliminary hearing, the defendant targeted Raymond Franklin because the victim was black and possibly because he had made critical remarks about the all-Hispanic East Side Riva street gang, to which Manzo belonged.
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