Facebook Murder Trial: Closing Arguments Expected Tuesday
The Facebook murder trial of Manuel Edmundo Guzman Jr. is expected to come to an end this week as prosecutors prepare for closing arguments on Tuesday.
Guzman, a 19-year-old California teen, allegedly used a fake Facebook profile to lure Eddie Leal, a professional bantam boxer, to a San Jacinto neighborhood where he shot the man to death.
According to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, the teen posed as a young woman in order to entice unsuspecting men in to meeting. It’s suspected that the only motive at play was Guzman’s thirst for blood.
ABC News said that Leal was found shot to death in the driver’s seat of his Toyota Corolla on May 30,2011.
The fictional Facebook profile used, one of a Rebecca Santhiago, was traced back to Guzman’s residence. A forensic computer expert later testified that the machine Guzman used did in fact have evidence supporting the teen’s creation of the fake Facebook account.
Computer evidence has been a primary focal point of the trial. Cross examination questioned the possibility of a potential hack into Guzman’s machine, but it was determined that only someone with physical access to the computer could have left the evidence recovered, according to The Press Enterprise.
If convicted, Guzman faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
What are your thoughts on this heinous Facebook murder trial? Is it still safe to meet new friends online?