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Update from CBS NEWS and the L.A. TIMES
Aug. 27, 2010
Jury Deciding Fate Of Man Accused Of Racist Attack
Calif. Jury Deliberates Fate Of Reputed Racist Gang Member Accused
Of Killing Black Girl
(AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury began deliberating in the case
against a reputed member of a racist street gang charged with
murdering a 14-year-old black girl and a potential witness.
The jury heard closing arguments Wednesday against defendants
Jonathan Fajardo and Daniel Aguilar.
Fajardo, 22, is charged with the 2006 killing of eighth-grader
Cheryl Green and the special circumstance that it was a hate crime.
If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
In addition, Fajardo and Aguilar, 23, are accused in the stabbing
death of 21-year-old Christopher Ash, a potential witness in the
killing of Green, and face special circumstance allegations that
include committing murder to further the activities of the 204th
The two-week trial detailed alleged violence used by the gang
to maintain its power in the neighborhood.
Deputy District Attorney Gretchen Ford told jurors in her closing
argument that Fajardo warned during police interviews that the
missing gun in the attack could be used against other blacks,
police, rival gang members or snitches.
Green was shot to death in a driveway on Dec. 15, 2006 in the
Harbor Gateway area south of downtown Los Angeles. She was hanging
out with friends after school about a block from her house. Three
other teens were wounded.
The attack sparked protests by residents, activists and politicians.
Prosecutors contend that Fajardo was the gunman who opened fire
on the group, and that he was a member of an Hispanic gang that
"All black people are their enemies," Ford told jurors.
"Really innocent people could die for no reason other than
the ridiculous ideas of this gang."
Fajardo's attorney Thomas White disputed the allegation that
the shooting was a hate crime.
"It was an accident that rose of fear and anger," he
said. "This was a rash impulse."
Fajardo and Aguilar are accused in the stabbing death of Ash,
a man who gang members suspected had talked to police about the
Green killing. Aguilar lured Ash, his friend, to a garage where
he was stabbed about 80 times, Ford contended.
"He walked over and kicked his dying best friend,"
the prosecutor said.
Attorney Antonio Bestard, who represents Aguilar, argued
that his client did not know Ash would be killed and only followed
orders from older gang members because otherwise he would have
Ford told jurors that even though Aguilar didn't stab Ash, he
was just as guilty of murder as those who did.
Prosecutors said Ash actually was stabbed by Jose Covarrubias,
who has acknowledged the killing and testified for the prosecution.
He was expected to be sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Jurors began deliberations Wednesday then adjourned until Sept.