NEW YORK - (AP) - A jury in Brooklyn is deliberating the fate of a second man charged with murder and assault as a hate crime in the death of an Ecuadorean man.
Deliberations in the trial of 30-year-old Keith Phoenix resumedFriday morning.
Phoenix has pleaded not guilty in the death of Jose Sucuzhanay and attempted assault of his brother, Romel, on Dec. 7, 2008.
His co-defendant, Hakim Scott, was convicted of manslaughterThursday but acquitted of the more serious hate crime charge. Hefaces 25 years in prison when he's sentenced June 9.
Prosecutors say the defendants thought the brothers were gay,and yelled anti-Hispanic and anti-gay slurs at them.
Two juries have been hearing the case because the defendants hadimplicated each other.