Lillo Brancato Jr. trial gets under way in the Bronx

THE BRONX - Opening statements in the trial of former "The Sopranos" actor Lillo Brancato Jr. got under way Monday at the Bronx County Hall of Justice.

Brancato faces a second-degree murder charge in the 2005 killing of off-duty police Officer Daniel Enchautegui in Pelham Bay. Brancato's co-defendant, Steven Armento, was convicted of first-degree murder Oct. 30 and later sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Enchautegui had returned home after finishing a late shift when he heard glass breaking at the residence next door. When he went to investigate, Armento fired at him, striking him in the chest.

Brancato's defense team is planning to argue that their client was not armed and was unaware Armento was carrying a weapon.

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