Jurors deliberating in Hialeah hate crime trial

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March 14, 2013 Miami Herald

Jurors have begun deliberating in the case of a Hialeah man accused of targeting two black men and trying to run them over.

Prosecutors say Luis Gonzalez, still seething over being shot and wounded in Miami’s 1980 race riots, grew upset when he saw two young black men walking through a parking lot in a Hialeah parking lot in January 2012.

Angered because “they looked arrogant,” Gonzalez tried to reverse his pickup truck into Andy Alexander and Jarvis James. Fearing for their lives, James pulled a .22-caliber pistol from his pocket and shot Gonzalez in the neck.

“Two people minding their own business who got caught in the path of hatred,” prosecutor Breezye Telfair told jurors Thursday afternoon during closing arguments.

The truck plowed into a Palm Avenue funeral home. He initially told police that the two men robbed him. He later changed his story, saying he just wanted to scare the men.

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