Closing arguments are set to begin Tuesday in the trial of suspected gang member Edwin Ramos, who is accused of slaying a father and two of his sons in the Excelsior district in 2008.
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The final arguments come two weeks after the alleged MS-13 member gambled by testifying on his own behalf that he was not the person who shot and killed Anthony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, as the family was driving home from a picnic.
Ramos claimed that he was driving his Chrysler 300 when his passenger, alleged gang member Wilfredo “Flaco” Reyes, who remains at large, leaned over him from the front passenger’s seat and opened fire on the Bolognas’ vehicle.
Andrew Bologna, then 18, who also was in the vehicle but survived the shooting, testified that Ramos was alone.
Ramos claimed that his troubled childhood led him to a gang. He said he was turning a new leaf at the time of the killings.
Prosecutors grilled Ramos on the stand, accusing him of repeatedly lying to investigators and the jury. Prosecutors said the 25-year-old El Sobrante resident mistook the Bolognas for rival gang members.
The killings brought national attention to San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy, which shielded undocumented juveniles suspected of crimes from being reported to federal immigration agents. Ramos had numerous contacts with police in connection with violent incidents as a juvenile, but was not reported to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The City subsequently changed its policy.
Danielle Bologna, wife and mother of the victims, sued The City over the policy, but a judge dismissed the lawsuit.
The Ramos trial has lasted more than three months and is being held in a courtroom outfitted with a metal detector and bulletproof glass.
“I feel very confident of the prosecution,” District Attorney George Gascón said Friday. “The evidence of this case is very, very strong. We are very fortunate that we have really good witnesses. ... I am very hopeful that we’re going to do justice for this family.”