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Gang member says fatal shooting was self-defense

Posted June 5, 2014

Jorge Luis Juarez sits in a Wake County courtroom on June 5, 2014, during his first-degree murder trial for the Oct. 31, 2012, death of Alfonso Canjay Rincon.

— A gang member charged in the death of a Raleigh man nearly two years ago told jurors in his first-degree murder trial Thursday morning that he didn't mean to kill the victim and that the crime weighed on his conscience until his arrest months later in Louisiana.

Jorge Luis Juarez, 22, is accused of killing Alfonso Canjay Rincon, 42, outside Rincon's home on Foxhall Village Drive while, police say, Juarez and three other people were breaking into cars for stereos early on the morning of Oct. 31, 2012.

Authorities say Rincon went outside to investigate a noise around 1 a.m. and ended up following the four in his car while his wife called 911.

Juarez – who claimed he had no involvement in the break-ins – testified that Rincon started ramming the car he was riding in and that he, scared, rolled down his window and shot Rincon point-blank. It wasn't until the next day, he said, that he read online that Rincon had died.

U.S. marshals arrested Juarez five months later in Jefferson Parish, La. By then, Juarez said, he was ready to take responsibility for his actions.

"I wanted to face it, stop playing games, get it over with," he said. "I've had thoughts about getting to (Rincon's family) somehow and maybe asking for forgiveness."

Defense attorney Ryan Willis told jurors in closing arguments Thursday afternoon that an angry Rincon decided he was going to take matters into his own hands after having been the victim of other break-ins.

Although tragic that Rincon died, Willis added, Juarez acted in self-defense.

"It was reasonable for him to believe that his life was in danger," Willis said.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cruden, however, said there was no justification for Rincon's death and that even his three co-defendants in the car testified that they didn't know why Juarez shot him.

A grandfather and father of four who worked two jobs to support his family, Rincon died for the price of a $20 car stereo, Cruden added.

"There's nothing about what happened that night that is excusable, permittable, allowable or legal," he said.

Juarez's co-defendants – Marcos Gabriel Chapparo, Erick Pardo Martinez and Karen Alexis Gonzalez – were also charged with murder and are awaiting trial.


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  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 6, 2014

    Self-defense, pfffttt!!!
    Prayers for the loved ones of Rincon.

  • Greg Boop Jun 6, 2014
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    Under the law - you CAN follow a criminal while calling police with their location.

    Plenty of bank robbers and other criminals have been caught in North Carolina because a citizen followed them in a car while calling the police.

  • Greg Boop Jun 6, 2014
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    You were in the middle of committing a crime and got chased off by a homeowner. Then the evidence is not clear if you or the homeowner was responsible for the ramming of the cars -- then you shot the victim at point-blank range (suggesting you were not trying to get away).

    Let me be clear if you shoot someone during the commission of a crime and its aftermath then you have no possible "self-defense" justification. His lawyer's assertion is pure nonsense and any jury should see through it in an instant.

  • Cabe Merritt Jun 6, 2014
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    Guilty. Period.

  • bmac813 Jun 6, 2014

    Now remember don't blame the Gang Member who was Robbing the Mans car, Blame the Gun. Like someone else said you don't point a Gun at someone Point Blank and now meaning to Kill them.
    He sounds like Obama, he heard it the Next day on The News, Gee that is starting to become a Norm. If Obama can get away with it I'll try it.

  • Mee Jun 6, 2014

    1. The gun is always loaded.
    2. The gun is always loaded.
    3. Don't aim/shoot at anything you don't want to KILL.
    4. The gun is always loaded.

    I'm astounded at people who carry handguns and then "accidentally" shoot and kill someone. A gun is not a "cool" accessory, it is a weapon, not a gaming controller.

  • Lightfoot3 Jun 6, 2014

    While plausible, his story isn't very believable. Granted, don't really care what his buddies say because the DA is probably extorting them with plea deals. I doubt he feared for his life, but rather shot the guy because he was being followed. And while he denies breaking into cars, if he was doing that he kind of loses the claim to self-defense given he was up to no good. I'd say guilty.

    "But the victim was a fool for chasing him!" - busyb97

    Totally agree.

  • busyb97 Jun 5, 2014

    He is responsible, end of story.

    But the victim was a fool for chasing him! Once they leave your property, you no longer have any "castle" rights. You cannot pursue. And this is partly why!

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Jun 5, 2014
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    uh huh, it took his conscience 5 months, and even then he didn't turn himself in, but was tracked down. He shoots someone point blank and is surprised he killed the man?

  • Mark Farmer Jun 5, 2014
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    "Gang member testifies he didn't mean to kill Raleigh man"

    But he did