Mom of ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz agrees to stay out of courtroom after murder trial outbursts
The mother of an innocent teen chased down and hacked to death with machetes by a pack of gangbangers has agreed to stay out of the courtroom following her repeated outbursts.
Lesandra Feliz and the Bronx District Attorney’s office came to a joint agreement on Thursday that she will watch the remainder of the murder trial via a video link from a separate room at the Bronx Supreme Court, PIX11 reported.
It comes after weeks of repeated outbursts in the murder trial for Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, which on Tuesday led Judge Robert Neary to warn Feliz was “close to being banned” after screaming at witnesses in front of the jury.
On May 23, Feliz had to be restrained by three court officers and escorted out of the room when she began screaming at the top of her lungs when the court was shown graphic CCTV footage of her son’s murder last summer.
The disruption angered Neary, who groused that Feliz was being “hysterical.”
Another outburst on Tuesday, in which Feliz began yelling in Spanish at cooperating witness Michael Sosa Reyes before storming out of court, prompted defense lawyers to call for a mistrial.
“She walked out in front of the jury, completely inappropriate. She showed this court she can no longer [be here],” defense lawyer Amy Attias told Neary after jurors left for a lunch break.
The dramatic development is just the latest in the emotionally charged trial of five of the 14 gang members allegedly involved in the June 20, 2018, death of Junior, who was killed because his attackers believed he was a member of the rival Sunset crew.
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