Steve Harmon- Main character of the story: He is a sixteen year old black boy on trial for murder.
Sandra Petrocelli- Prosecutor who calls Steve Harmon a monster.
Kathy O'Brien- Steve Harmon's defense attorney who has doubts about his innocence.
James King- A thug who participated in the murder.
Osvaldo Cruz - Member of a local gang "The Diablos."
Jose Delgado- Teenage boy who worked with the victim and discovered his dead body.
Asa Briggs- Lead counsel in the defense of James King.