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Cuevas Family Faces Robbery Suspects In Court

The Bronx District Attorney charged three robbery suspects with homicide in the death of bodega worker Reynaldo Cuevas, shot by police as he tried to flee the robbers. SADEF A. KULLY/Bronxink)

The family of the bodega worker shot and killed by a police officer two weeks ago reacted with strong emotions yesterday as they faced in court the three suspects accused of robbing the Morrisania grocery. Police claim the officer shot 20-year-old Reynaldo Cuevas by accident when Cuevas ran out Natalie Deli and Grocery on the street in the Bronx and collided with Officer Ramysh Bangali. All three suspects--Orlando Ramos, 31, Ernesto Delgado, 28, and Christopher Dorsey, 17--have been charged not only with robbery but with the murder of Cuevas. All three suspects have pleaded not guilty. After the first, and the youngest, suspect appeared in court, the Cuevas family left the courtroom and burst into tears, holding each other and crying as Assistant District Attorney Theresa Gottlieb tried to explain the case to them. One family member was so hysterical that she needed medical attention explained a court officer in the court hallway. The Assistant District Attorney had no comments on the case and family members did not speak to the press. The case has stirred some already heated emotions in the community against the New York City Police Department.  The Cuevas family did not stay behind for Ramos and Delgado’s court appearances. Delgado smiled and winked at his family members who sat in the back of the courtroom. The suspects were assigned Judge Miriam Best to oversee the trial, and their next court date was scheduled for Oct 26.    

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Bodega Robbery Suspects Charged with Murder in Cuevas Shooting

Christopher Dorsey's aunt said her 17-year-old nephew was pressured by the older suspects in the robbery and ultimate death of a bodega worker in the Bronx.  (SADEF A. KULLY/ Bronx Ink)

Three Bronx men arrested for robbing the bodega where worker Reynaldo Cuevas ended up shot and killed by a police officer were arraigned Friday in Bronx Criminal Court on charges of both armed robbery and murder. Defendants Ernesto Delgado, 28, Orlando Ramos, 31, and Christopher Dorsey, 17, appeared before Judge Villages yesterday.  Family members of the suspects argued outside the courtroom that the murder charge was not fair. “Honestly, I feel like he shouldn’t be charged – he was committing a crime but he didn’t shoot him,” said Antonio Rodriquez, 21, brother of Orlando Ramos, about the death of Cuevas. “I think this is a way for the state to clean their hands – that cop shot him.” The Bronx District Attorney’s office has no comment on the case. Police said an officer accidentally shot Reynaldo Cuevas, after the 20-year-0ld Morrisania bodega worker stumbled out of the armed robbery scene on September 7.  Cuevas's family members dispute the claim that the officer's gun discharged accidentally and have called for an investigation. The youngest of those charged in the incident, Christopher Dorsey, 17, looked anxious and emotional in court. “He was the first one that came out," said his grandmother, Anna Cabrera. "He surrendered. He was so scared that day. He is not doing well inside.” "He is actually a good kid, he gets good grades, and he was definitely peer pressured into this. He has never held a gun.” Dorsey’s aunt. Jadeira Cruz, 39, said that her nephew had been diagnosed as emotionally disturbed. “I think the older men took advantage of his mental status,” said Cruz. “He has the mind of a 13-year old.” Dorsey’s lawyer. Cesar Gonzalez said that it was his first appearance in court with the defendant and that he would have to review all the material before making an official statement on the case. Maria Tobia, lawyer for Orlando Ramos, did not give any comments on the case. All three defendants are scheduled to be back on court on Sept 20th.

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PHOTOS: Morrisania Mourns Robbery Victim Shot by Police

9 September, 2012- Bronx - Reverend Que English (left) holds prayer for Reynaldo Cuevas, the young father from the Dominican Republic accidentally shot by police during a robbery scuffle on Friday morning. (The Bronx Ink/Jika González)

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Further reading: Morrisania Mourns Robbery Victim Shot by Police

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