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Gang member guilty of 3 South L.A. murders

May 18, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 41-year-old gang member has been found guilty of murder in a 2006 assault rifle rampage against four people in front of a South Los Angeles home.Charles Ray Smith, a member of the Rolling 30 Pirus gang, was convicted of three counts of first degree murder in the 2006 killings of David Marcial, 10; his 22-year-old uncle, Larry Marcial; and a 17-year-old neighbor Luis Cervantes. Smith was also convicted of attempted murder of 12-year-old Sergio Marcial Junior, who was wounded but survived.

The convictions stem from a June 30, 2006, incident in which Smith got out of a vehicle and opened fire with an AK-47 assault rifle in front of a home where the victims were riding bicycles and listening to music. Smith was reportedly looking for rival gang members at the time of the attack. He fired 38 rounds at the victims. They were not involved in gang activity.

Smith was also convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit murder for the events leading up to the attack.

He was also convicted of first-degree murder of Bani Yair Hinojsa in an unrelated attack on March 31, 2006.

The jury deliberated two weeks before it returned the convictions. It declared itself deadlock on the same charges against a second defendant, 36 year old Ryan Moore.


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