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Thursday, June 10, 2004

Jury In Day 5 Of Deliberations In Araujo Trial
Defendants Face 29 Years To Life


There is still no verdict in the Gwen Araujo murder trial. Jurors are deliberating the fate of three men accused of killing the Newark transgender teenager for the fifth day.

The jury on Wednesday had the coroner's testimony read back to them. The coroner said Araujo died from strangulation and trauma to the head.

Michael Magidson, Jose Merel and Jason Cazares, all 24, are accused of murdering 17-year-old Gwen Araujo on Oct. 4, 2002, after discovering that the attractive person they thought was a woman actually was biologically male.

Araujo was born as Edward Araujo, but according to testimony in the trial, she presented herself as a woman for the last several years of her life and most of her friends and family members knew her as "Gwen."

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