Forty-two-year-old Angel Echevarria of Philadelphia was sentenced to life in the 2007 robbery in Bethlehem that ended in the death of 34-year-old Daniel Rivera of Tampa, Fla. Thirty-six-year-old Hakim Wakeel of Philadelphia was acquitted of murder and other charges but convicted of robbery and assault.
The (Easton) Express-Times ( http://bit.ly/16ZUW2T) says defense lawyers at Tuesday's Northampton County Court hearing focused on co-defendant Julio Lopez, who pleaded guilty to third-degree murder. Lopez was challenged by Wakeel's attorney but denied that he was offered anything for his testimony. Echevarria's attorney said Lopez earlier described the shooting without mentioning anyone matching his client's description.
Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com