A man who is accused of torturing his girlfriend's 8-year-old son to death killed the child because he thought the boy was gay, a Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office prosecutor said during opening statements Monday. Isauro Aguirre left appears in court with his attorney on Oct. Credit: KTLA. Prosecutor Jon Hatami detailed the acts allegedly committed by Aguirre and the boy's mother, Pearl Fernandez, who also faces trial. Hatami explained that the Palmdale couple beat Gabriel, bit him, burned him with cigarettes, whipped him, shot him with a B. The couple called first responders to treat Gabriel, but that was only in an attempt to mislead, the prosecutor said. They called to cover up what they did," Hatami said.
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The older brother of an 8-year-old Palmdale, California, boy who was allegedly tortured and killed by his mother and her boyfriend in May recounted a harrowing tale of abuse Wednesday, telling a jury his sibling was forced to eat cat litter and cat feces and was repeatedly beaten in the months leading up to his death. Gabriel Fernandez's year-old brother, who was identified in court only as Ezequiel C. Four years after the death of Gabriel Fernandez, the defendant in the case admitted that he tortured the child. His testimony -- along with the testimony of the boy's older sister -- came on the third day of trial for Aguirre, a year-old former security guard who is charged with murder in Gabriel's May 22, , fatal beating.