Soto-Bonilla guilty of capital murder

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Closing arguments were made this morning in the case of Kevin Soto-Bonilla.

Closing arguments were made this morning in the case of Kevin Soto-Bonilla.

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – The jury has returned a verdict in the trial of Kevin Soto-Bonilla. He is one of the men charged in the killing of Lynchburg teenager Raymond Wood in March 2017.

Soto Bonilla has been found guilty of capital murder, abduction, and gang participation. He was found not guilty on the robbery charge.

A key element of the capital murder offense was whether it had been committed in conjunction with an abduction for the purpose of extorting money or for some other sort of monetary gain.

The Commonwealth argued that the motive for the crime was that MS-13 wanted to take over the drug trade in the area and to do that, they had to get rid of an economic rival. Wood sold marijuana and the Commonwealth said that made him a target of the MS-13 gang members.

But the defense countered that it was a personal vendetta between Wood and co-defendants in the case that lead to the murder, and that robbery or financial gain was not a motive for the crime.

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