MARTINEZ -- Jury deliberations began Tuesday at the trial of a Richmond gang member accused of kidnapping a woman off the street and leading a gang rape.
The charges against Humberto Salvador, 36, include numerous hate crime enhancements that allege he targeted the victim in part because she is a lesbian. He faces life in prison if convicted as charged.
The woman has testified that Salvador made numerous comments about her sexual orientation as he sexually assaulted her on Dec. 13, 2008, in Richmond.
Prosecutor Melissa Smith told jurors that Salvador raped the woman several times, and then directed two teenage boys eager to join his gang to sexually assault her themselves.
Defense attorney Linda Fullerton argued that the incident was neither a gang crime nor a hate crime, and that it wasn't a gang rape because the two teens participated in the attack under duress.
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