MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Jury selection got underway Monday in the trial of Mitchell Lee Simpson, one of two men accused of killing a Cutler Ridge teen over a gold chain.
Emmanuel Lacayo, 16, was mugged and killed while walking with friends near Southwest 256th Street and 124th Court in May, 2008. Monday his family members sat in court as trial got underway, they said they hoped to see Simpson put away for life.
“My son was murdered five years and three-and-a-half months ago and what we expect here and what we are praying for is justice. It’s my duty as a mother to seek justice for him,” said Linda Lacayo.
Simpson was 20 years old at the time of the shooting. Investigators said he had only been out of prison for about a month and a half before the shooting.
Simpson is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. If convicted, he could face life in prison.