A juvenile district judge heard testimony Friday about gang activity, a teen on probation and revenge during a hearing for the murder of a Dallas grandfather.
Benito Silverio walked into the courtroom a juvenile and walked back out an adult in the eyes of the law.
A homicide detective testified that he participated in the May 6 home invasion and robbery that resulted in 66-year-old Lorenzo Moreno's death.
The detective said Portillo ordered the home invasion as revenge because she thought Moreno's granddaughter set her up to be drugged and raped.
"There was a meeting with the individuals prior to the offense explaining what every role was going to be. The entire plan had been thought of ahead of time by Ruth Portillo," said Detective Michael Yeric with the Dallas Police Department.
Police said when Moreno stepped in to protect his wife during the attack it was Alfaro who shot him in the chest, killing him.
The detective testified Silverio is a gang member who was on probation and wearing an ankle monitor on the day of Moreno's murder. That was enough to persuade the judge that he should be tried as an adult.
The victim's family called the ruling bittersweet.
"It's not even over with. We still have the trial to go through. This is just the beginning," said Jossie Cinseros, Moreno's daughter.
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