Juan Borbon, 21, allegedly attacked teen outside GAR

Last updated: September 09. 2013 11:50PM - 2315 Views
SHEENA DELAZIO sdelazio@timesleader.com

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WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County jury was selected Monday to hear the trial of a man accused of attacking a teen with a machete outside GAR High School in February 2012.

A jury of nine men and five women, which includes two alternates, was selected Monday afternoon to hear the case of Juan Borbon, 21, with no last known address, who faces seven charges stemming from the attack that nearly severed the hand of then-15-year-old Marquis Allen.

County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. said assistant district attorneys Alexis Falvello and Mamie Phillips and Borbon’s attorney, Paul Galante, will present their opening statements this morning before testimony begins.

Before jury selection began Monday, prosecutors told Sklarosky that one of their witnesses — 18-year-old Yansy Abreu — did not abide by a subpoena and appear at the courthouse Monday morning.

Falvello said investigators had to go pick up Abreu and bring him to the courthouse, where Sklarosky warned him he could be charged if he does not appear as the subpoena requires.

Prosecutors say Borbon pulled the machete from Abreu’s backpack just before the attack.

Falvello said Abreu is represented by attorney Cheryl Sobeski-Reedy and he is under supervision with the county’s juvenile probation department.

Phillips said that if Abreu fails to show for court again, the next step would be to make him a material witness — a process that puts a witness on bail to ensure appearances in court.

Falvello said prosecutors expect to call five witnesses during the trial, which could last until Thursday.

Wilkes-Barre police allege Borbon was involved in a fight in which he swung the machete and nearly severed Allen’s hand. Allen testified at a preliminary hearing last year that he was helping a black student who was jumped by a group after classes had ended for the day.

The fight occurred off school grounds on South Grant and Lehigh streets.

Abreu previously testified the planned fight was between students of African-American and Dominican heritages.

Borbon is jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

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