Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Blog from Shenandoah Murder Trial

Testimony wrapped up early today in the case of two Shenandoah teens implicated in the death of Luis Ramirez.

Victor Garcia, a friend of Ramirez, took the stand and told of the events during the afternoon and evening of July 12th, 2008.

The pair had been drinking beer at Garcia's home, and Victor later dropped Ramirez and Rector near the Vine Street playground.

A short while later, Ramirez called for help, telling Garcia that he had been beaten up.

Garcia told the court that he had been assaulted by one of the 5 or 6 teens, being struck in the back of the head.

Attorney Fred Fanelli tried to relate Garcia's assaulter with Colin Walsh.

Other people who testified this afternoon at trial included Barry Boyer, a friend of the defendants and others who were allegedly involved in the attack.

He came to the scene after it was over, according to testimony.

The day wrapped up with Stephanie Werzalis of Frackville, who snapped a picture with Derrick Donchak at a party.

Donchak was wearing a US Border Patrol t-shirt in the shot.

Lt. John Kazmarcyzk of Mahanoy City also testified. He was an officer who responded to the scene as backup for Shenandoah PD.

Finally, an EMT from Lost Creek Ambulance testified about responding to the scene where Luis Ramirez lay after the fight with the teenagers.

Testimony resumes at 9am Wednesday.


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