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Of course, the Post buried the lede.
The Sunday edition of The Washington Post reported on a murder trial taking place in Montgomery County, Maryland under the headline, “Gruesome images test jury during trial in Md.”
“Prosecutors were allowed to show jurors eight of the most disturbing photos — a key to their obtaining a first-degree murder conviction Friday against Mauricio Morales-Caceres, 24,” The Post reported in its Metro section.
But what was the most relevant fact given political debate raging throughout the nation was buried way down in paragraphs 29 and 30 — that the defendant was an illegal alien.
These are the chilling details of the murder reported by The Post:
In December 2014, armed with a 15-inch butcher knife, Morales-Caceres stabbed and slashed Navarro at least 89 times in the basement of Navarro’s townhouse in Silver Spring.
“The defendant took the knife and sawed,” prosecutor Douglas Wink told jurors during closing arguments, standing next to a large image of the body of Navarro on his back in his basement. “This man reached in with his bare hands and took out his liver. He probably thought it was his heart. He ripped out his liver and left it on his chest for the police to see.”
By then, some jurors were no longer looking at the images. Those who did wore blank expressions.
Their pain, of course, fell far short of the anguish of Navarro’s relatives in the courtroom. For them, the photos had the power to overwhelm memories they were trying to cherish: Oscar playing with his two children, Oscar dancing, Oscar being what his boss at Joe’s Stone Crab called a “model employee” as a busboy.
“You can’t believe your eyes, what you see,” Navarro’s brother Nelson said after the verdict. “I don’t understand how one human being can do that to another. It’s like he was possessed by demons.”
But it wasn’t until the very end that readers learned that Morales-Caceres was in the United States illegally, and it was reported almost as an afterthought.
Prosecutors have said they will ask for life in prison with no chance of parole. Should Morales-Caceres ever get out of prison, every indication is that he would be deported to his native El Salvador.
Prosecutors earlier said he entered the United States illegally. And since his stay at the Montgomery County jail, immigration officials have lodged a detainer on him, an indication they would move to have him deported at the end of a prison sentence
I guess The Post just didn’t want to give Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump any more ammunition.
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