More witnesses take stand to testify about gang ties in capital murder case

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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.

On day four of the Kevin Soto Bonilla, trial, an admitted MS-13 gang member testified that he lived with Soto Bonilla for months following the murder of Lynchburg teenager, Raymond Wood, in 2017. The witness, whose testimony could not be filmed, said that Soto Bonilla kept in communication with him and other MS-13 gang members prior to his arrest in New York in September 2017.

During the time prior to Soto Bonilla’s arrest, a cybersecurity consultant testified that a phone number linked to the defendant had MS-13-related searches, as well as news reports about the case.

Were they taken off what we’ve been referring to as the New York phone dump?,” Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance asked.

“Yes, they were,” Kevin Poindexter replied.

“What does this image reflect?” asked Nance.

“It reflects a picture of a Fox News story with Tucker Carlson, MS-13 gang on killing spree, and it shows three of the co-defendants in this case,” testified Poindexter.

Jon Maddox, an investigator with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, also testified to finding MS-13 materials in an apartment that was subleased by a co-defendant in the case. But on cross-examination, Maddox testified that he did not find any identification or items belonging to Soto Bonilla in the apartment.

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

The Commonwealth is expected to continue calling witnesses tomorrow before the defense will present its side of the case.

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