“That’s a symbol of when the wife cheats on the husband,” he said, adding that it comes from a Spanish phrase and a hand sign that mimics the horns of a bull. Perlo sought to paint the image of Orozco’s parents as immigrants completely out of touch with the challenges their children faced in urban America. They are first-generation American citizens who spoke almost no English, witnesses said. During the day, Orozco and his siblings were usually left in the care of baby sitters because of their parents’ jobs, Juan Orozco testified. The younger Orozco seemed to disagree with Perlo, however, when the defense attorney said Orozco’s mother had no inkling of the gang problem in Hawaiian Gardens or its potential impact on her children. It was under cross-examination that he recalled his mother taking a pair of pants away from him because she knew they were popular with gang members. “She ripped them up and burned them,” Juan Orozco said. “She didn’t want me wearing them. … She was afraid for me to get shot.” Deputy District Attorney Lowell Anger called one witness Wednesday, a 24-year-old man who testified that he was forced to leave the city where he grew up after he was stabbed in the back by Jose Orozco on Oct. 18, 2002. The case is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. Monday with closing arguments at Norwalk Superior Court. [email protected] (562) 499-1261 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As a child, Jose Orozco was fairly shy in class, occasionally getting into trouble but never needing extensive discipline, according to two educators who taught Orozco at Hawaiian Gardens Elementary School. He grew up in a middle-class family with two younger sisters and a little brother. His parents worked long hours to pay for their modest home in Hawaiian Gardens, a community of mostly Hispanic residents and one heavily influenced by the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang, according to defense witnesses. But his childhood was a happy one, according to Orozco’s younger brother, Juan. Defense attorney Stanley Perlo asked Juan Orozco to explain why his brother had a pair of black horns tattooed on his forehead. Investigators called by the prosecution said the tattoos were meant to intimidate anyone who came across the defendant. But his brother had a different interpretation. NORWALK – Defense attorneys representing a convicted cop killer tried to dispel the image of their client as a hardened gang member Wednesday, bringing former teachers and the defendant’s brother to the stand to talk about his formative years. It took a jury about four hours, spread over two days, to find Jose Luis Orozco guilty in the 2005 ambush slaying of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Ortiz. Prosecutors spent many hours presenting witnesses and other evidence that showed Orozco had a long criminal history and boasted for years that he was going to kill a police officer. While the defense put up little fight in the guilt phase of the trial, they spent Wednesday afternoon trying to undo some of the damage by casting their client in a more sympathetic light.