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Defendant in Lawrence minivan slaying acquitted

May 2, 2013

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The first of five men charged with murder in the shooting death of a Lawrence man that prosecutors say was a case of retribution has been acquitted.

A Lawrence Superior Court jury on Wednesday found Thomas Castro not guilty of the January 2009 slaying if Robert Gonzalez.

Prosecutors say a dispute broke out outside a city restaurant in the early morning hours and one of the five people charged in the shooting lost a tooth. Authorities said in court that later than day, the 20-year-old Gonzalez was killed as he was driving a minivan as retribution for the man who lost a tooth.

The Eagle-Tribune (http://bit.ly/15c0Xus) reports that the case hinged on video surveillance.

Trials for the other four suspects are pending.


Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com

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