The two men who beat Julio Cesar Cruz Cruz to death in February 2014 during a robbery wore a green jacket and a black jacket, witnesses told police.
A detective said the witnesses were partially right.
The clothing was a critical point of contention at a pretrial hearing Wednesday for Michael Holman, one of the men who was arrested and charged with Cruz’s murder.
Dante Martin is also charged for his role in the fatal beating. The men have rejected plea offers from prosecutors and may go to trial.
Holman’s attorney, Jack Furlong, has challenged on several constitutional grounds whether a statement his client gave police is admissible at trial.
Prosecutors said Holman’s own words, admitting he was in the area of the murder, are incriminating and they want jurors to hear that at trial.
A judge listened to testimony most of Wednesday but has not ruled on the matter and will issue a written decision in the future.Read more