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Prosecutors painted something however a fairly image of Leniz “Diablita” Escobar throughout the closing arguments of her homicide trial on Wednesday.
As we’ve reported, the 22-year-old is accused of luring 4 males to their deaths in an area park after convincing MS-13 gang members that the victims had mocked them on social media by utilizing gang indicators.
This week in federal courtroom in Central Islip, prosecutor Justina Geraci went into extra element about Diablita’s (which roughly interprets to “little Satan woman”) alleged involvement, and her unsettling response to the victims’ brutal deaths. In accordance with Geraci, a witness claimed Escobar watched intently because the gang members hacked the victims to loss of life with machetes, smiled, and even “licked the blood off her lips” throughout the bloodbath.
The prosecutor advised the jury of the 2017 slayings:
“You heard [MS-13 gang member] David Gaitan-Rivera’s testimony. He advised you ways one of many victims had reached for [Escobar] earlier than he was killed and his blood had gotten throughout her shirt. He advised you ways she licked the blood off her lips.”
Geraci recounted how one other witness, Escobar’s pal Keyli Gomez, had testified about “how she and the defendant had crouched down by the victims and watched as they have been killed,” including:
“Not screaming or crying whereas the victims have been macheted to loss of life. And the way simply earlier than [victim] Michael Lopez was hacked to loss of life, how she smiled.”
Worse nonetheless, Escobar reportedly stored smiling and joking round together with her protection staff throughout the prosecutor’s summation. In accordance with reviews from contained in the courtroom, she wore her hair in a ponytail and had vivid chrome piercings protruding from her cheeks.
As we reported, the 20-year-old Lopez and three pals — Justin Llivicura, 16, Jorge Tigre, 18, and Jefferson Villalobos, 18 — have been executed by MS-13 after a number of of them posted images on-line throwing gang indicators in an obvious effort to draw women.
Escobar and Gomez allegedly lured them to the Central Islip park to smoke marijuana, as a mob of MS-13 gangsters waited to ambush them — together with would-be sufferer Elmer Alexander Arteaga Ruiz, who made it out alive by working for his life.
Geraci stated of Ruiz, who went on to testify towards Escobar:
“Alex was a poser and that’s why he was marked for loss of life. He thought these things would entice women and it did — however not in the best way he had hoped.”
Escobar’s boyfriend, an MS-13 gang member, additionally testified within the trial. He advised the jury his then-17-year-old girlfriend advised the gang “they have been being overrun by ‘chivales’ [rivals] and so they had no balls,” per Geraci.
Prosecutors additionally introduced recorded cellphone calls Escobar had together with her boyfriend, describing them as “devastating” to her declare that she was harmless. Assistant US Lawyer Paul Scotti advised jurors:
“She was telling her boyfriend precisely what occurred. She advised him she killed these 4 younger males and he or she was joyful about it. She was joyful.”
Regardless of the damning proof, Escobar’s attorneys insisted on the trial that she didn’t know the victims could be attacked. Protection lawyer Jesse Siegel stated his consumer wasn’t an MS-13 member or affiliate in his closing arguments, contending:
“Not each girlfriend is an affiliate. Her boyfriend was a homeboy. She was there. She definitely didn’t stop it from taking place. The problem is that if she knew one thing was going to occur.”
Siegel then tripped over his phrases, telling the jury, “it is best to discover her responsible, excuse me, it is best to discover her not responsible.” Hm…
Whereas talking to press outdoors the courthouse, the protection lawyer stated the jury ought to ignore the claims of gang members who minimize offers to testify towards Escobar. He defined:
“The jury mustn’t depend on the witnesses that the federal government put ahead, which means these cooperating witnesses who’re all extraordinarily dangerous people who find themselves testifying pursuant to cooperation agreements. She had at all times wished to have her day in courtroom. I feel she’s glad that she’s had her day in courtroom. And he or she is nervous, however trying ahead to getting a verdict.”
Her cousin, Cindy Escobar, added to reporters outdoors the courtroom:
“She had a really troublesome life since she was very younger. [She] didn’t have a father. Didn’t have a mom. Didn’t have a secure childhood. So, we will see. You guys have a completely totally different image. However we all know that God is together with her and God has her in her fingers.”
Deliberations begin Thursday morning, so we guess we will solely wait and see what the jury decides.
What do U suppose the decision will probably be?
[Image via Snapchat/US Attorney’s Office]