Jury deliberates in Jupiter hate crime suspect accused of killing Guatemalan man trial

Onesimo Marcelino Lopez-Ramos’ face looked like he came out of a boxing match, beaten and swollen with his eyes still open, according to a Jupiter Police officer that found his body.

Prosecutors say Lopez-Ramos, 18, was killed by three men targeting Guatemalan people they were looking to rob in Jupiter in 2015.  

David Harris is the first of the three suspects to stand trial for Lopez-Ramos’s death, charged with first-degree murder while committing a hate crime. After five days of testimony, a Palm Beach County jury is now deliberating whether the killing was in cold-blood or was justified. 

"David Harris swung that axe one time. He did not kill Oneismo,” said Franklin Prince, Harris’ attorney.” Harris maintains the victim swung a pipe at him and Harris hit him with an axe in self-defence. Harris is blaming his co-defendant, Aust…

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Jupiter hate crime suspect on trial for first-degree murder

JUPITER, Fla. - Prosecutors pulled out a metal pipe, axe and rock from evidence boxes in a Palm Beach County courtroom they say were used in a hate crime nearly three years ago in Jupiter. 

They're all part of evidence used against David Harris, charged with first-degree murder in the death of Onesimo Lopez-Ramos.

“David Harris and Austin Taggart, and David Harris' brother Jesse Harris and some other young men went prowling the streets of Jupiter, Florida in the early morning hours of April 18, 2015,” said Assistant State Attorney Jill Richstone during her opening statement at Harris’ trial Tuesday.

“Why? They were going ‘Guat hunting,' which means to rob, steal from unsuspecting, unsuspecting, weak Guatemalans,” said Richstone.

The men, while walking in the street, were invited to hang out with Lopez-Ramos and his family i…

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Gary Kitchings: State wants to keep victim’s alleged background out of trial for accused Uber driver

State prosecutors are expected to ask a judge Wednesday morning to keep information about a victim’s alleged past from being brought up in a trial against an Uber driver accused of rape.

Gary Kitchings, 57, is charged with sexually assaulting a woman he drove home from SunFest last year.

The defense previously pointed out that the woman is also the alleged victim in another rape case pending in New York. 

Prosecutors believe Kitchings’ attorney may try to argue during the trial that prior rape allegation is untrue.

“The State would contend that argument would be improper and the evidence to prove such is not admissible,” said Assistant State Attorney Marci Horwitz Rex in court documents.

Horwitz Rex said the state is objecting to any mention of the other rape case, the woman working as an escort, prostitute, meeting m…

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