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Gang member who killed 6-year-old may face death penalty

A man who was in a gang made a crucial mistake when he thought that people who were having a house party were actually members of another gang, one that his gang considered to be a rival. The party was taking place in the garage, and the man walked up to an older man and his daughter. He asked the older man if he was connected to a different gang from the area. What the man said in return has not been reported, but the young man pulled out a gun and opened fire, spraying shots into the garage. One of those shots struck the young girl, and she was killed.

The gang member is now facing charges for intentional homicide because he killed the young girl, and he is also facing charges for attempted murder for shooting at her father. He later talked about what had happened with another gang member who was already in jail, and the police recorded the conversation, giving them more evidence in the case.

The prosecution has revealed that they intend to try to get the man convicted and given the death penalty for the shooting. Even if they cannot get that, they are confident that he will be given life in prison and that he will never be allowed to have parole.

In all murder cases, those who have been accused do have a right to a fair trial. They need to make sure that the charges match up appropriately with the crime. On top of that, in a trial where the death penalty is being sought, it is even more important for the prosecution to prove that the accused is guilty. This is not a punishment that can be taken back if more evidence comes to light. As such, the accused deserves a chance to plead and defend his case.

Source:  Daily Reporter, "Southern California gang member could face death penalty in 6-year-old girl's killing at party" No author given, Feb. 25, 2014

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