Juror: Conroy's testimony was a play for pity

One of the jurors in the Jeffrey Conroy hate crime trial tells News 12 Long Island it was the defendant?s testimony that persuaded her to convict him.

Conroy, 19, was found guilty of manslaughter as a hate crime yesterday in the 2008 stabbing death of Marcelo Lucero. He was acquitted of murder as a hate crime.

During his testimony, Conroy told jurors another teen stabbed Lucero, but that he took the knife because the other teen was facing charges in another incident.

"I think there was definitely a play for us to have pity on him,? juror Amy Lester says. ?But we needed to set that aside, look at the facts and see who was showing us what and that's what we did."

Lucero's mother called for people to forgive Conroy. The teen faces up to 25 years in prison.

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