Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Convicted: Gang member, South Central LA
One down, half of a city to go.
A Los Angeles jury convicted a street gang member today of the first-degree murder of a 13-year-old boy near a church in South Los Angeles two years ago.
The jury also found true the special circumstances that the murder was a street gang killing and that the shots that killed Joseph Swift were fired from a motor vehicle. The jury late today also convicted the defendant of two counts of attempted murder. They found that one of the attempted murders was premeditated, but that the other was not.
On Friday, the jury found Collier guilty of five additional counts of attempted murder and one of shooting at an inhabited dwelling.