A Bronx teenager who fatally choked his mother’s abusive ex-boyfriend will not be indicted over the death.
Luis Moux, 18, was arrested in August in the University Heights section of New York City for the killing of 43-year-old Stanley Washington.
According to the NYPD, the deadly domestic dispute began unfolding at around 4.30am when Washington arrived at Lorena Sesma’s apartment on University Avenue, ostensibly to talk to her.
Sesma and Washington soon began arguing in the hallway and the 37-year-old woman tried to retreat inside her unit, but police say Washington followed her and allegedly began beating her.
Sesma’s son, Moux, heard the commotion, emerged from his room in the rear of the apartment and rushed to his mother’s aid, reported PIX11.
Mother’s defender: Luis Moux, 18, has been charged with manslaughter for allegedly choking to death his mom Lorena Sesma’s (pictured right) ex-boyfriend during a fight
Incident took place inside Sesma and Moux’s apartment on University Avenue in The Bronx
According to detectives, the 5-foot-8, 220-pound offensive lineman pulled Washington off of his mother and put him in chokehold, which caused the man to pass out, reported CBS New York.
Moux’s mother also briefly lost consciousness during the struggle, but she eventually came to and called 911.
‘It was clear that Luis didn’t do anything wrong. He testified in the grand jury and his story didn’t change a bit,’ said Moux’s attorney, Walter Fields, according to NY Daily News.
‘He’s going to move on with his life. When you are an innocent man, you just want to move on with your life,’ Fields added.
An NYPD cruiser is seen outside Sesma’s apartment building in The Bronx after her ex-boyfriend’s death and her son’s arrest
Lingering questions: Police looked into whether Moux choked Washington in self-defense
Washington was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Sesma suffered minor injuries during the altercation with her former boyfriend but refused medical attention.
According to the New York Daily News, Washington’s criminal record included 26 arrests, two of them on domestic violence charges stemming from incidents that occurred in 2014 and 2016, and which involved Lorena Sesma.
Friends and neighbors of the family described Moux as a ‘good kid’ who attended school and was not involved in any criminal activities.
‘Good kid’: Moux has been enrolled as a junior at Grand Street Campus High School in Brooklyn, where he played on the varsity football team. Neighbors described him as a ‘good kid’
Moux has been enrolled as a junior at Grand Street Campus High School, a charter school in Brooklyn, where he played on the varsity football team.
Speaking to NY1, a friend of Moux’s from The Bronx speculated that the boy had not set out to kill Washington but was merely trying to protect his mother.
The Daily News reported, citing a police source, that investigators are still trying to determine whether Moux’s actions constituted self-defense.