PEOPLE Explains: The ‘Unspeakable’ Abuse an 8-Year-Old Calif. Boy Allegedly Suffered from Mom and Her Boyfriend

The murder trial is underway in the case against a man accused of torturing and murdering the 8-year-old son of his girlfriend, whom he believed was gay.

Los Angeles County prosecutors argue Gabriel Fernandez was the victim of an eight-month-long campaign of terror by his mother, Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, which ended with the boy’s death in May 2013.

Both Fernandez and Aguirre will be tried separately and each faces the death penalty, NBC Los Angeles...

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