Jury selection continues for third day in case of alleged MS-13 gang member accused of killing Lynchburg teen

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Jury selection continued for the third day in the case of Kevin Soto-Bonilla. He is one of six men who have been charged in connection with the stabbing death of Raymond Wood.

(PHOTO: Courtesy US Marshals)

Jury selection continued for the third day in the case of Kevin Soto-Bonilla. He is one of six men who have been charged in connection with the stabbing death of Raymond Wood.

Wood, 17, was found dead in the 1700 block of Roaring Run Road in Bedford County on March 27, 2017.

Soto Bonilla is charged with capital murder, robbery, abduction, and gang participation.

In a previous trial, Victor Rodas was convicted of 1st-degree murder, abduction, and gang participation. He was acquitted of the robbery charge.

The prosecution in Rodas’ case alleged Raymond Wood was lured from his home for a drug deal, saying he sold marijuana. Prosecutors said he was choked out in the car, then taken from the car and stabbed 29 times along the side of the road. His neck was slit and his right hand was chopped off.

Many of the prospective jurors in Soto-Bonilla’s case said they had prior knowledge of the crime and some had formed opinions based on that knowledge. Attorneys on both sides continue to question jurors to assess their impartiality and ability to judge the case fairly.

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