Witnesses described two men in hooded sweat shirts emerging from an alley and unleashing a barrage of gunfire on a parked car as the murder trial of an Aurora man began today.
Jurors began hearing testimony this afternoon in the trial of Arnoldo Aguilar, 27, who is charged in the gang-related slaying of Brian Lambert, 26.
Authorities say Aguilar was one of the two people who opened fire on Lambert as he got into a car in Aurora on May 18, 2001. Aguilar is charged with first-degree murder.
Lambert and a friend, Luis Rodriguez, had been visiting relatives of Rodriguez’s that evening and were preparing to leave when the two shooters came running out of an alley next to the parked car, witnesses said.
Rodriguez testified that he heard 10 shots. Lambert was a former Aurora resident who had moved to Las Vegas, but was back in town for a visit. Witnesses testified Lambert was in a street gang.
Aguilar was among those charged in 2007, when authorities announced arrests in about two dozen unsolved Aurora gang-related homicides. Another man is awaiting trial in the case.
The trial may go to the jury late Tuesday.
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