Police testimony a focus of LI hate-crime trial

(AP) - A police officer says he found anEcuadorean immigrant lying in a pool of blood, down an alley fromwhere prosecutors say he was stabbed by a group of teenagers.

The testimony came Friday in the trial of 19-year-old JeffreyConroy. The Patchogue Medford High School teenager ischarged with murder and manslaughter as a hate crime in the killingof Marcelo Lucero.

Prosecutors say he is the one who stabbed Lucero during aconfrontation near the Patchogue train station in November 2008. Hehas pleaded not guilty.

Officer Frank Munsch also testified that he had seen theteenagers in the area moments before the killing and immediatelyradioed a description to fellow officers. The teenagers werearrested within minutes a short distance away.

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