On the night of November 8, 2008, as Marcelo Lucero lay dead on the ground in the Patchogue, Long Island streets, Jeff Conroy admitted to police he plunged a knife into Marcelo's midsection. Member's of Conroy's Caucasian Crew admitted they were out, letting off steam, Beaner Stomping. They admitted they only Beaner Stomped once a week.
Opening arguments are expected to begin Wednesday (tomorrow) in Conroy's trial. Conroy is charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter, both as Hate Crimes, in the murder of Ecuadorean immigrant Lucero. A panel of seven men and five women was seated last Friday. Both Keahon and Assistant District Attorney Megan O'Donnell said they believe four alternate jurors will be picked Tuesday (today).
In court this week, the attorney for Conroy, William Keahon of Hauppauge, made an unsuccessful last-minute bid to have a mistrial declared in the murder trial in Riverhead. Earlier Monday, Keahon demanded that a black cloth hanging from the defense table he shares with Conroy be removed for the trial. The cloth shields jurors' view of a defendant's legs when he or she is wearing leg shackles. Noting Conroy is not shackled, Keahon twice referred to the cloth as a "shroud" that might influence jurors. "I think it looks . . . like we are participating in a ceremonial burial," Keahon said.Doyle agreed to have the cloth removed, but said it could not be done immediately because the cloth is fastened by screws."I can bring in the Phillips head screwdriver and remove it myself," Keahon said. Doyle said the cloth would be removed Monday night. It appears Keahon is relying on the old lawyer's tactic, when all else fails, change the subject.