BROOKLYN - Opening statements began today in the retrial of one of the men accused of beating an Ecuadorian immigrant to death.

Last month, a judge declared a mistrial in Keith Phoenix's case after the jury couldn't come to a verdict. One juror would not convict Phoenix of second-degree murder, favoring the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Phoenix and another man, Hakim Scott, were accused of killing Jose Sucuzhanay and attacking his brother because they thought the two men were gay.

Scott was convicted of manslaughter and is scheduled to be sentenced July 15.

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