Thursday, November 10, 2005
Gang members on trial for the death of LAPD Explorer
A few months ago an LAPD Explorer who was going through the process to become a full-time LAPD officer was gunned-down on his way to pick-up some stuff for a BBQ at his house. The shooters were gang members who thought it would be a good idea to shoot the Explorer, not knowing that doing so would result in a nice 25-to-life sentence.
Two admitted gang members were ordered Friday to stand trial in the July 28 shooting death of a former LAPD Explorer in a supermarket parking lot.
After a preliminary hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jose Sandoval ruled there was enough evidence for Joshua Mansion, 18, and Dwayne Wheeler, 20, to stand trial on charges of murder and attempted murder.
Loli Castaneda, 25, was shot about 11:45 p.m. in the parking lot of the Ralphs store at Vermont Avenue and Adams Boulevard. His companion, Carlos Avalos, 25, was slightly wounded.
This kid is exactly what the LAPD needs --- someone who wants to do the job, and is excited about becoming an officer. Those are two traits the vast majority the new LAPD recruits are seriously lacking. It's a darned shame that he didn't even get to see one day in the academy, because he would have been a great officer.