Trial begins for man accused of killing soldier in 2012

BOSTON (WHDH) - Opening statements began Thursday in the case of a man accused of killing a war veteran.

The victim, Stephen Perez, who served his country in Iraq and Afghanistan, was shot and killed in Boston in 2012.

On April 28, 2012, officers responded to a call for a person shot on Tremont Street.

When officers arrived, they found Perez suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. He was transported to Tufts Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

The  man charged with the crime is Peter Castillo, who was found in the Dominican Republic in 2015.

In court, cell phone video filmed by witnesses was showed, depicting the fight that preceded the shooting.

Prosecutors said Castillo fired a gun into Perez’s back and killed him.

Castillo’s attorneys said the jurors would be tasked with figuring out why it happened.


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