5 suspects face judge for pretrial hearing in Junior slaying case

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A pretrial hearing began Monday for the top suspects charged in the brutal stabbing death of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz.

Five of the 14 suspects charged in the case appeared before a judge at the Bronx Hall of Justice. Defendants Elvin Garcia, Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, Jose Muniz, Manuel Rivera and Jonaiki Martinez Estrella are each charged with first-degree murder.

The five are each accused of taking turns stabbing 15-year-old Guzman-Feliz to death with knives and machetes outside of a Bronx bodega in June 2018.

FULL COVERAGE: Justice for Junior

Prosecutors allege that Jonaiki Martinez Estrella delivered the fatal blow by cutting Guzman-Feliz's neck.

Monday marked the first day in the pretrial hearing, which had been delayed several times because of publicity surrounding the case.

Supporters of Guzman-Feliz say they will be in court every day to the end until justice is served for Junior.

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