Defendant in Lawrence minivan slaying acquittedAP , Associated Press
May. 2, 2013 11:56 AM ET
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