Prosecutor: Murder suspect determined to kill – New York News

SCHENECTADY — A murder suspect tried to kill his victim twice on the same night in June 2014, a prosecutor said Friday.


The first time, Hector Abreu’s gun jammed as he pulled the trigger on Angel Carrion, prosecutor Peter Willis told a jury. 

On the second time, with a new gun, Abreu succeeded, killing Carrion on his front porch, Willis said.

“Not even the gun jamming was going to keep him from his purpose that night,” Willis told the jury. “He went and got another gun, came back and finished what he started.”

Abreu, 23, is standing trial in Schenectady County Court on one count each of second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder, as well as other charges. 

Prosecutors say he gunned down the 28-year-old Carrion early in the morning of June 27, 2014, as Carrion went from his apartment to his front porch at 1231 Main Ave. 

Mortally  wounded, Carrion then went inside, where family members called 911.

If convicted on all charges, Abreu would face in excess of 50 years to life. Judge Matthew Sypniewski is presiding.

Abreu is represented by attorney Frederick Rench. In his opening statements, Rench argued that by the end of the case the jury won’t know what happened.

Rench seized on part of Willis’ opening, saying it showed that prosecutors don’t even know what happened.

Willis had argued that the jury will conclude Abreu shot Carrion. But, even if they found a man who accompanied Abreu fired, they could still find Abreu guilty as an accomplice. 

“The prosecution doubts the proof in this case,” Rench told the jury. “The doubts which the prosecution has will become evident as each witness…

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