Jury in Shenandoah Hate Crime Trial to Start Listening Testimony

When opening statements begin at 1:45 p.m. today, there will finally be a jury seated in the federal trial of the two Shenandoah, Pa., men charged with a federal hate crime for the beating death of an undocumented Mexican immigrant in 2008.

“I will give an initial instruction, then openings (statements) will take place and the jury will start listening to testimony,” Judge Richard A. Caputo said.

After more than two hours of proceedings, both sides defined who out of the 46 prospective jurors will be in the jury.

It remains uncertain what is the jury’s composition. The pool of prospective jurors came from the Pennsylvania Middle District, region that includes 33 counties north and west of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area.ç

Derrick M. Donchak, 20, and Brandon J. Piekarsky, 18, face life in prison if found guilty of the federal hate crime charge stemming from the beating that took the life of Luis Eduardo Ramírez Zavala in July 2008.


About Gustavo Martínez Contreras

was born in Texas, brewed in Mexico City, seasoned in the Mexico-United States border, aged walking the streets of Philadelphia. He had a short-lived stint eating grits, fried chicken, and peaches in Atlanta. He later became a béisbol writer for El Diario de Nueva York. He has written about immigrant communities in English, Spanish, and some Spanglish. Although he does not have a shelf full of awards, Gustavo has received thank you notes and hugs from people who have trusted him with their stories. His work has appeared in Voices of New York, El Diario/La Prensa, Dallas’ Al Día, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Philadelphia Weekly, Radio Bilingüe, Latina Lista, Spot.us, among others. He is currently pursuing a master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
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