NEW YORK (WPIX)—The prosecution is scheduled to give its closing arguments today in the trial of a Long Island teen accused in the hate crime murder of Ecuadorean immigrant, Marcelo Lucero.
In his closing arguements, yesterday, Defense Attorney William Keahon said none of the prosecution's witnesses saw his client, 19-year-old Jeffrey Conroy, fatally stab Lucero in Patchogue on November 8, 2008.
Keahon also urged jurors not to let publicity about the case influence them.
Last week, Conroy tried to pin the stabbing on another teen during his testimony.
Prosecutors claim Conroy and six other teenagers targeted Hispanics the night Lucero was attacked.
Conroy is the only one charged with murder and manslaughter as a hate crime because he inflicted the fatal stab wound, according to prosecutors.
Four teens have already pleaded guilty to gang asault and hate crime charges. Two of the teens are awaiting trial.