Man on trial for killing snack-scavenging teen

September 25, 2008 2:26:37 PM PDT
The trial of a man accused of executing a boy who broke into his Laredo home looking for snacks -- has many in the border city outraged. They're upset because the man is being prosecuted for murder over the July 2007 killing. The trial of 63-year-old Jose Luis Gonzalez could wrap up Friday.

Gonzalez had endured several break-ins when four boys, ranging in age from 11-15, got into his trailer to rummage for chips and soda. Gonzalez, who was in a nearby building, had a shotgun. He went into the trailer and confronted the boys.

The unarmed boys claim they were begging for forgiveness when Gonzalez hit them with the barrel of the shotgun and kicked them. A medical examiner testified 13-year-old Francisco Anguiano was shot in the back.

Gonzalez attorney Isidro "Chilo" Alaniz says his client was acting in self-defense.

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