Gang member guilty in LA prep football star murder
By Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — A gang member has been convicted of murdering a standout Los Angeles High School football player four years ago.
LA jurors found 23-year-old Pedro Espinoza guilty Wednesday of killing Jamiel Shaw Jr. as he talked to his girlfriend by phone near his home.
Prosecutors say Shaw was gunned down because he was wearing a red Spider-Man backpack, the signature color of the Bloods gang, and Espinoza assumed he was a gang rival. Espinoza has a tattoo near his left ear that is short for “Blood killer.”
Shaw’s parents unsuccessfully sued the county, arguing that Espinoza was an illegal immigrant who should have been turned over to federal authorities.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. That phase of the trial begins next week.