Suffering parents of slain Bronx teen attend court hearing for seven defendants as lawyer compares case to 'Central Park 5'

The parents of a Bronx teen stabbed to death by a machete-wielding mob sat stoically as his accused killers appeared in court Monday, and a defense lawyer compared the case to that of the Central Park Five.

Leandra Feliz and Lisandro Guzman watched as seven of the men charged in their 15-year-old son’s murder walked one after the other into Bronx Supreme Court in handcuffs, shackles and beige prison outfits.

Lesandro Guzman-Feliz was dragged out of a Fordham Heights bodega on June 20 and butchered by members of the Trinitarios, a street gang, who confused him for another teenager, according to authorities and Facebook apologies allegedly sent by the killers. Security videos showed the teen trying to hide from the men behind a counter in the bodega and then stumbling in bleeding from his lethal stab wounds.

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Lesandro Guzman-Feliz was fatally stabbed in a vicious attack outside of a Bronx bodega.

(Photo: NYPD Chief of Detectives)

Members of the public gather outside the funeral for Lesandro Guzman-Feliz on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Paterson, NJ June 26. Extradition hearing for Manuel Rivera, one of six alleged gang members charged with the murder of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Paterson, NJ - June 26. Extradition hearing for Jose Muniz, one of six alleged gang members charged with the murder of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz. (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Paterson, NJ - June 26. Extradition hearing for Danel Fernandez, one of six alleged gang members charged with the murder of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Paterson, NJ - June 26. Extradition hearing for Santiago Rodriguez, one of six alleged gang members charged with the murder of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Paterson, NJ - June 26. Extradition hearing for Joniki Martinez, one of six alleged gang members charged with the murder of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz. (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
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Paterson, NJ - June 26. Extradition hearing for Santiago Rodriguez, one of six alleged gang members charged with the murder of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz (Howard Simmons/New York Daily News.) (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Paterson, NJ - June 26. Extradition hearing for Jose Muniz, one of six alleged gang members charged with the murder of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz . (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Paterson, NJ - June 26. Extradition hearing for Jose Taveres, one of six alleged gang members charged with the murder of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Candles are placed at the murder site after the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Candles are placed at the murder site after the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Candles are placed at the murder site after the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago’s lawyer, Patrick Joyce, compared the defendants to the Central Park Five when discussing media applications with the judge, saying he was trying to avoid a “similar media frenzy.”

“Not so long ago in this city, the media latched onto individuals (who) were accused of horrific crimes,” Joyce said. “A private citizen said they are guilty, they should get the death penalty ... when no one knew what really happened.”

Joyce was referring to the infamous assault, rape and sodomy of a woman who was jogging in Central Park in April 1989. Amid high-profile media coverage, five young men were arrested and imprisoned for the crime. But the case unravelled when a state prisoner, Matias Reyes, claimed he attacked the woman. The convictions of the original five defendants were vacated. The de Blasio administration paid them $41 million in a settlement.

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Funeral for Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz
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Funeral for Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz
The body of of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz is taken from the Our Lady of Mount Carmel church after funeral services on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's mother Leandra Feliz (2nd L), is seen as her Son's funeral arrives at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral cerenomy held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The mother of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz watches as his body is is taken from Our Lady of Mount Carmel church after funeral services on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
The body of of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz is taken from the Our Lady of Mount Carmel church after funeral services on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
The mother of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz watches as his body is taken from Our Lady of Mount Carmel church after funeral services on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
The body of of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz is taken from the Our Lady of Mount Carmel church after funeral services on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral cerenomy held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral cerenomy held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral cerenomy held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral cerenomy held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People watch as the casket of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz leaves from Our Lady of Mount Carmel church after funeral services on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Members of the NYPD Junior league attend Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral cerenomy at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Members of the NYPD Junior league attend Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral cerenomy at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Members of the NYPD Junior league attend Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral cerenomy at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : People gather outside during the Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral arrives at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The body of of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz is taken from the Our Lady of Mount Carmel church after funeral services on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
People take photos as the casket of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz leaves from Our Lady of Mount Carmel church after funeral services on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Candles are placed at the murder site after the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The mother of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz waits for the arrival of his body during a funeral on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral arrives at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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One defendant in Lesandro’s case, Elvin Garcia, 23, did not appear as he is undergoing surgery on his left hand, his lawyer, Steven Kaiser, told reporters. Kaiser said Garcia will not testify before the grand jury.

Five other defendants — Hernandez Santiago, 24, Danel Fernandez, 21, Jose Taverez, 21, Jose Muniz, 21, and Jonaiki Martinez Estella, 24, — also will not testify before the grand jury. They are due back in court July 16.

Lesandro’s family left the courthouse just before the end of the hearing, and did not speak with reporters.

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