Trial of man accused of beating man to death in car halted by no-show witness

Closing statements in the homicide trial of a Bayonne man charged with beating a man to death in Union City in 2015 have been postponed until Monday because a defense witness subpoenaed to testify failed to appear.

John Gutierrez, 31, is charged with the Oct. 10, 2015 manslaughter of Ely Chalas, 34, who was found stuffed between the front and rear seats of Gutierrez’s car following a minor accident at Summit Avenue and 30th Street.

The defendant took the stand today and the defense then had planned to question Danny Lorenzana, of Sherman Avenue in Jersey City, but he had not responded …read more

Source: NJ.com Hudson

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