Prosecution rests in Junior case after showing graphic autopsy photo

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Prosecutors rested their case today in the Junior murder trial, but not without a graphic and powerful finish.

Prosecutors showed jurors an autopsy photo showing the lethal wound to the neck of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz.

Community member Elizabeth De Jesus likened the photo to a horror movie. Junior’s parents were not in court, having been warned the images would be shown.

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Dr. Sophia Rodriguez from the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner performed Junior’s autopsy and testified that the more than 4-inch deep wound was caused by a single-edge knife or blade. She said it cut the bone that protects the spinal cord and left an exit wound on the other side of his neck.

"The knife made it from the right side to left of Junior’s neck, hit the muscle, hit the vein...hit the tissue on the back side of the mouth," she said.

Criminal defense attorney Chris Carrion has been observing the trial from the start.

“That is gonna stick with this jury for the rest of the weekend,” he says. “They're not gonna forget it. They probably won't forget it for the rest of their lives.”

Carrion says the testimony that all of the other wounds were superficial and did not cause Junior’s death may not help the defense as much as they’d like.

 “Maybe these wounds didn't contribute to the death but they certainly contributed to the pain and agony he was suffering, which fulfills the elements of murder in the first degree and as a result they're still guilty,” he says.

Dr. Rodriguez also said it was possible Junior may have survived if brought to the hospital sooner. She said the jugular wound caused him to lose a lot of blood, but blood rushed out more quickly because no one applied pressure and he ran to the hospital.

"Mr. Guzman-Feliz actually bled to death,” she said.

The defense will have a chance Monday to call witnesses to the stand if they chose. After that, they will lead off summations.

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