Trial opens in traffic killings of SF man, sons 

A prosecutor said Monday that an alleged gang member shot and killed a father and two sons in traffic three years ago, and the defense attorney portrayed her client as a fall guy for the notorious MS-13 street gang and the government.

Edwin Ramos is accused of opening fire on Tony Bologna, 48, and two of his sons, Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, at an intersection in the city's Excelsior district while they drove home from a picnic June 22, 2008.

During opening statements, the prosecution said Ramos mistook one of the sons for a rival gang member. He also tried to kill a fourth person in Bologna's car at close range, Assistant District Attorney Harry Dorfman said.

"Here sits the man who is responsible for these murders and so much suffering," said Dorfman, adding that Andrew Bologna, who was in the car and survived, will take the stand this week.

Danielle Bologna, the wife and mother of the victims, cried as she sat in the first row with family members.

Ramos has told police he was the getaway driver and owner of the Chrysler 300 involved in the shooting, but claims another man in his car, Wilfredo Reyes, another suspected MS-13 member, was the gunman. Prosecutors say Ramos was the only gunman.

Reyes has not been found.

Ramos' lawyer, Marla Zamora, told jurors that her client has been set up by the federal government and the MS-13. He had no idea that Reyes would shoot across from him toward the Bologna family, she argued.

"The government and the MS-13 made him the fall guy for the murders of three people," said Zamora, as several members of Bologna's family stormed out of the courtroom in apparent disgust.

Zamora later said that Ramos fled the scene and Reyes asked him to stop the car. Zamora told jurors that Ramos said Reyes told him to "get rid of the car," before he ran off.

Zamora said Ramos changed his story to police from not being at the scene to being the getaway driver because he was scared of saying Reyes was the shooter because his wife and child would be in danger.

"I'm a dead man," Zamora said Ramos told investigators.

She added that investigators grilled Ramos for hours to the point of "they broke him, no doubt about it, they broke him."

The killings sparked public outrage over the city's sanctuary policy because Ramos, an illegal immigrant, was never turned over for deportation despite a felony arrest as a juvenile. The city has since closed that policy loophole.

The trial is expected to last for several weeks.

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