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2 gang members convicted on murder charges

Two California gang members have been found guilty of killing five homeless people who were living near a Long Beach freeway. Authorities were tipped off to the killings, which occurred in November 2008, after the bodies were found in a seedy neighborhood.

Authorities said that one of the convicted men, age 36, had an ongoing feud that involved drug debt with a man who was living in the homeless encampment. It was believed that this man, two other men and two women were all killed to ensure that there were no witnesses. The 36-year-old, who was reportedly a member of a Watts criminal street gang, was also convicted on charges related to the kidnapping and murder of a fourth man in March 2009. This killing allegedly occurred after the deceased man did not hand over drug money.

The 36-year-old man could potentially face the death penalty when he is sentenced on Nov. 15. The other convicted individual is facing life in prison.

Those who are accused of being involved in gang crimes could face severe legal punishments, particularly when they are facing charges of murder or other violent crimes. In some cases, an accused person could be facing life in prison or even the death penalty. As such, a strong defense against the accusations is incredibly important. A criminal law attorney may prepare a defense against the charges and accusations that utilizes testimony from ballistics and firearms experts, DNA experts and even pathology experts. If there is a lack of evidence connecting the accused person to the crimes, the attorney could potentially seek a dismissal.

Source: FOX News, "California gang members found guilty of killing 5", Sept. 23, 2017

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