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Teen suspects in fatal hate crime face new charges

New charges were announced Thursday against the seven teens accused in connection to the fatal stabbing of an Ecuadorian immigrant in Patchogue. Jeffrey Conroy, who prosecutors say actually stabbed

News 12 Staff

Nov 21, 2008, 1:46 AM

Updated 5,721 days ago

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New charges were announced Thursday against the seven teens accused in connection to the fatal stabbing of an Ecuadorian immigrant in Patchogue.
Jeffrey Conroy, who prosecutors say actually stabbed Marcelo Lucero, has been indicted on charges of second-degree murder as a hate crime. The six others also face new charges in connection to the crime. Prosecutors say the teens had two knives and a BB gun with them at the time of the attack. Prosecutors say the teens attacked three other Hispanic men the same day Lucero was killed, and that some of them admitted to attacking Hispanics in other instances. The lawyer for 17-year-old defendant Nicholas Hausch says his client had no involvement in any other attacks.
Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota is asking any other victims to come forward. Conroy will be indicted on the upgraded murder charge on Monday, Nov. 24.
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