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Defense points out inconsistences in trial for alleged Barrio Azteca gang leader
By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas -- After two weeks of testimony tying an alleged Barrio Azteca gang leader to the murders of a U.S. Consulate employee, her husband and another man, defense attorneys raise some doubt.
Defense attorney Randolph Ortega stood in the El Paso Federal Courthouse Thursday telling the judge that prosecutors havent brought any evidence to the table in the trial against his client Arturo Gallegos-Castrellon.
Ortega started by saying, "There's no evidence that my client was a Barrio Azteca member."
Showing photos of his clients body, Ortega pointed out Gallegos-Castrellon doesn't have any tattoos of the number 21 or in the shape of a triangle.
"Those are signs of the Aztecas," said Ortega.
Throughout the two-week trial, several Barrio Azteca members took the witness stand claiming Gallegos-Castrellon is in the gang and ordered the killings of Lesley Enriquez, a U.S. Consulate employee, her husband Arthur Redfels and another U.S Consulate employee's husband, Jorge Alberto Salcido Ceniceros. One witness testified these three were victims simply because they were driving SUVs similar to the one driven by a man Gallegos-Castrellon was allegedly after.
Looking back at witness testimony, however, Ortega pointed out several inconstancies.
Since Gallegos-Castrellon was allegedly giving these orders to kill through a radio system, witnesses didn't see his face, they only heard what they believed to be his voice. While some witnesses said to Gallegos-Castrellon used radio number 51, others told jurors he used radio number 68.
Ortega also mentioned witnesses who transcribed the voices on these radio recordings.
"My client's voice was actually recognized often incorrect, said Ortega.
Attorney will present their closing arguments Friday at 8 a.m. Then jurors are expected to begin deliberations. Along with connections to these three murders, Gallegos-Castrellon also faces a long list of drug-related charges.