Man Charged With Killing Boxing Prospect Eddie Leal

A San Jacinto man was charged today with robbing and murdering a boxing prospect who had just aturned pro.
Manuel Edmundo Guzman, 18, is charged in the May 30, 2011, death of 23-year-old Eddie Leal.
Guzman is facing special circumstance allegations of lying in wait, killing for financial gain and killing during the course of a robbery that could result in the death penalty if he’s convicted.
He will be in court later today.

Leal, a lifelong San Jacinto resident, was an avid boxer, trained by his
father, and had only just begun fighting professionally as a bantamweight
when he was killed. The young man and his dad volunteered thousands of hours in
their local Cops for Kids program, mentoring troubled youths and trying to show
them alternatives to life on the street, according to an obituary.