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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 28 -- Near 751 East 161st Street in the South Bronx on June 21, 2000, Caprice Jones was shot and killed.  

  On January 30, 2020 - twenty years later - a sealed indictment was signed by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge James L. Cott, for the arrest of Frank Lopez and Ralph Berry on capital murder charges for the death of Caprice Jones, in connection with both men's alleged crack sales.  

 On February 7 in Texas, Frank Lopez was arrested. And four full weeks later on March 4, Frank Lopez was presented and arraigned in SDNY Magistrates Court, with Inner City Press the only media present.  

  Lopez was brought in by U.S. Marshals; his assigned counsel said he has high blood pressure and acid reflux. He also displayed heavy tattoos.  

 Assistant US Attorney Domenic Gentile said the government sought detention, in which Lopez' assigned counsel consented without prejudice.

  On October 27, Judge Alison J. Nathan held a proceeding with Lopez and his co-defendant Ralph Berry on the line. Judge Nathan told AUSA Gentile to get Main Justice's capital decision within 30 days.

  He replied that they would not give a date, but were confident it would be in a month. Judge Nathan relied on that confidence, and set the next conference for December 9 at 11 am. Inner City Press again called in.

 Judge Nathan set a trial date, for September 13, 2021, with both defendants still in detention.   There was talk of redacting names of possible witnesses, because they are just that: possible witnesses.

On August 16, 2021 - with the trial pushed back to September 21 - the US filed a motion in limine to "permit it to introduce at trial evidence of other bad acts committed by Berry" -- selling crack in the McKinley Housing Development and a 1998 murder for hire conspiracy."

Now on September 28, Berry was found guilty by a unanimous Manhattan jury for the murder of Caprice Jones in the vicinity of 751 East 161 Street, Bronx, New York.  Berry will be sentenced before the Honorable U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan, who presided over the jury trial.

  At 12:45 pm on September 28, as Judge Nathan began another proceeding on a VOSR, Inner City Press noted AUSA Gentile and at least two other SDNY prosecutors coming out of 40 Foley Square, in a light rain.

 The case is US v. Berry, 20-cr-84 (Nathan).  


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