Opening statements in murder trial against 204th Street gang members

By Alex A. Alonso
STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
August 20, 2010 | 12:56 p.m.

Johanthan Fajardo

The trial against Jonathan Fajardo, the teen accused of the December 15, 2006 kil#i*gg Cheryl Green, 14, began last week. Fajardo, a 204th Street gang member from the Harbor Gateway section of Los Angeles is charged in the murder of Green, in what many have characterized as a racially motivated shooting.

Fajardo is also charged in the murder of Christopher Ash, an blankociate of 204th Street, who Fajardo and six others are accused of murdering on December 28, 2006, according to prosecutors. Daniel Aguilar, who was among that group, is also on trial with Fajardo for Ash’s murder. Fajardo is facing the death penalty.

Prosecution’s Opening Statements
In opening statements last week, Deputy District Attorney Gretchen Ford, told the jury that Fajardo and Aguilar are both members of the 204th Street gang. Ford characterized this gang as having a racist agenda against blacks and that the focal point for this racial conflict occurred at the Del Amo Market at 20340 Harvard Blvd. She told the jury that prior to Green being ki*led, Fajardo and others approached a black man at the market who defended himself with a gun to the surprise of the group. Later that day, Fajardo, armed with a .44 caliber revolver, shot at group of seven people, hitting three and kil#i*gg Green.

With no leads, police began to serve warrants against 204th Street members including the Ash residence where Aguilar and Ash were arrested. Upon searching the residence, police found ammunition and a replica grenade that caused the bomb squad to be called out. They were questioned about the murder of Green, and released. According to the prosecution, they did not provide any information about the murder, but because they were released, rumors that Aguilar and Ash were snitches began to circulate amongst the 204th Street gang. Plans to ki*l both Ash and Aguilar were made.

Although, it appeared that Aguilar was one of the intended victims in this plot, the prosecution has charged him in the murder of Ash, because he and another member, Gonzales had picked Ash up to bring him the Silva’s house where he was to be murdered. Ford told the jury that Fajardo drove the van with Ash’s body and dumped it on Grace Avenue in the city of Carson.

Defense’s Opening Statements
Defense attorney Thomas White told the jury that when Green was shot, the shooter was targeting Anthony Buckner, a man in the group when Green was inadvertently struck. White also told the jury that Aguilar and others were not privy to the plan to ki*l Ash and that the perception was that senior members of 204th just wanted to “talk to him” and that the “big homie,” Juan Carlos “Racoon” Pimentel, told Aguilar and Ruben “Koots” Gonzales to bring Ash to Turtle’s garage for a beating.

White explained to the jury that when Ash first arrived to the garage, he was struck in the head with a shot gun and that if the intention of the entire group was to murder him, they would have began kil#i*gg him immediately. White stated that only two people knew of the kil#i*gg; Pimentel and Covarrubias, and they were the only ones with the knives that caused Ash’s death. The rest of the group, according to the defense, believed that the blankault was going to be a typical beat down.

The van that was used to dump Ash’s body belonged to Adela Rubalcaba, a woman dating Pimentel, and Thomas told the jury that only his finger prints are found on the van. Aguilar and Fajardo’s prints were not found on the van.

Defense attorney for Aguilar, Antonio Bestard, also agreed with White and stated that his client was a minor participant in the murder of Ash, who was a close friend, and did not know that the murder was going to occur. Bestard also told the jury that according to the State’s own witness, Jose “Chano” Covarrubias, Aguilar and Fajardo were not aware of the plot to ki*l Ash, and were not part of the initial plan. Covarrubias, a 204th Street member was the second person who stabbed and ki*led Ash according to his own confession, but he has decided to testify for the prosecution in exchange for a reduced sentence. Bestard plans to expose contradictions in statements that he made to the police and testified to during the preliminary hearing.

The trial is expected to conclude next Tuesday and be turned over to the jury for deliberations to begin.

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Alex Alonso is an author, film maker and founder of Streetgangs.com. He is also a contributing author in the 2010 book entitled “Black Los Angeles: American Dreams Racial Realities” (New York University Press). He can be reached via email, toll free at 800-249-1324 or on Twitter.

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49 Comments for “Opening statements in murder trial against 204th Street gang members”

  1. someland

    I disagree that this person should get the death penalty.

  2. Sanjaya

    Of course he deserves the death penalty, he’s Mexican.

  3. Why would you ki*l a innocent girl black, white or Mexican!!! That is some real vagina sh*%!!! Don’t give him the death penalty, just put him in a room with all of her male relatives!!!!

  4. In The Trenches

    I dont like this racist blank mexican I hope somebody ki*l this bastard

  5. gritty

    In The Trenches,

    Believe it or not, but the guy’s father is a black Belizean.

  6. Ray

    Gritty, I believe you. I remember reading a L.A. Times article after all of this occurred. Fajardo’s mom (who is, of course, Mexican) mentioned that his dad has black blood and was from Belize.

    However, I don’t know if his dad is black or is part black (I think Belize has a population that includes both blacks and racially mixed people, like a lot of Latin American countries, so his dad could have had black blood mixed with Indian and/or white Spanish blood). Nevertheless, Fajardo has some amount of black blood.

  7. HXA LIFE

    MAN f#@$k THAT LAME blank HOOD! SHOE 0 WHORES AINT NADA ESE! THE ONLY CLAIM TO FAME THEY HAVE IS TAKING OUT A f#@$kIN NEGRO GIRL AND GETTING BOOTED FROM T X FLATS. AINT sh*% BUT SOME PAISA LEVAS HOMIE! THIS TRUE HXA STILO HOMEZ DE WEST SIDE WILMAS. ANAHEIM AND WILMINGTON. OH YEA f#@$k SIN PITOS AKA sh*% PEDRO N HUB CAPS AKA HARBOR sh*%TY! BIG BAD WILMINGTON13 WEST!

    • 204ST

      f#@$k WEAKSWk HC13 be running circles around you LEVAS funny sh*% learn how to gangbang before talking sh*%

    • 204ST

      f#@$k you lames WeakSideWk.. HC 13 be running circles around you chickes!!! Learn how to gangbang before talking sh*% and txfartgs handle your SNITCHES before running your f#@$king mouth

    • pweeloco

      SHUT THE f#@$k UP ,UR HOMIES GOT SMASHED BY sh*%Y GASHO!!!!WE BOOTED TXF FRM OUR BARRIO…UR HOMIES WERE BUTT BUDDIES WIT ESTORRANCE BACK IN THE DAY, TRYIN 2 COME DOWN AND BANG 2GETHER LOL CHACHAS!!!!!CUATRERO GANG!!!!!HXA

  8. themostknownunknown

    204th street gang is a vagina gang. Its as simple as that. Ooooh wow a gang that has a reputation for kil#i*gg innocent black americans with no gang ties. Whomp whomp whomp. Maybe if they had so balls they could earn a reputation like the Florenica 13s or 18s or ms’s but these dudes are a joke. They’re really arent even a gang…these fools are a possie. The average gang would demolish this small blank clique whether it be blood, crip, rival sureno, Latin king, tagger crew, Norteno, bulldog, 18…it doesn’t matter. I say let the f#@$ker go free. What good is he in prison..eme probably just gonna wind up kil#i*g’ his blank anyways.

    • MRTEMPER LOKOTE

      f#@$k YOU PUNK chick

    • BARRIO 204th STREET GANG

      If were so weak then why hasn’t anybody been able to take our Barrio.. so f#@$k you (themostknownunknown) f#@$ken hating blank little chick grow some ball and come to my Barrio and try to remove us your self your just in a long line of cowards that hate on us but don’t have the ball to come down my Barrio

    • pweeloco

      204ST LET THEM guyS FRM HARBOR sh*%TY HAVE IT ESE!!!!LOL THATS WHY THEY MOVED OUT…

  9. I dont like WAFFLEZ CUHZ WESTSIDE N H00D GANG 4RM THA 100S 2 THA 60Z FRY CUHZ N THA REST OF THEM TACO BORDER HOPPERS. BY 2012 EVEYRY STATE GON ASK A TACO 4 A GREEN CARD YAH BETTER NOT WORRY BOUT UZ N WORRY BOUT THEM WHITE BOYZ THEY THA 1Z THAS GON GET YAH BEAN AZZEZ

  10. gangstaboogie310

    i grew up in the TXFLATS HXA in the early 70s,when the projects was still up.where 204 is now use 2 belong 2 la rana,until FLATS move them out.most of these fools older bro r fr FLATS.but when FLATS got the green light 204 like chavalas that they r, forgot the hand that made hood n the mid 80s.fr my understanding they were a bunch of rejects,lames,n cubans.so if u vatos r glorified over this kil#i*gg,u got something else coming.

    • pweeloco

      oh really u grew up in txf?? thats why u lefy uh? dumb f#@$k, 204STREET WAS NEVERRRRRRR LA RANA OR TXF!!!!them lil guys were tryin 2 strat a gang in my barrio…didnt happen, and has 4 txf ,they f#@$ked thiers off wit us thats why we 204ST. kick them the f#@$k out of our barrio u stupid blank!!!!we had problems wit them idiots waaaaaay be4 they had the green lite, which they claimed 2 be frm 204 wen they hit the county,so get ur story str8 wanna be….lol REAL 204STREETER!!!!!

  11. f#@$k The chick ! “SANJAYA” chick if you got sumthing over mexicans We can fix it f#@$kENG ASIAN OR ASLISM MOTHER f#@$kER.!!!!!

    -I THINK THEY SHOULD LET HIM GO, HIS A REALL GANGTER!

    -f#@$k YOU chick!!

  12. Antonio The Taco

    All gang members should be given the death penalty,bunch of gutless motherf#@$kers.MEXICANS SUCK

  13. i wish i can get all them racist wetbacks and burn them a life !! if thy are a true gangsters how come thy thy dont look for thE real bloods/crips gang bangers to shoot em up ?? i know y THY wont cz thy scared 2 look for THEM niggs haha,,,85% of them wetbaks are vagina’s thy weak and DONT KNOW HOW TO FIGHT LOL,,,,STOP BEAING A vagina AND GO AFTER THE REAL GANGSTERS chickES ,,,,OH YEAH AND THE FUNNY THING WHEN THY GO TO JAIL THY GET f#@$kED BY THER OWN O’GS THAT ASKED THEM TO DO THE DIRTY wORK lmaO,,,BE YO OWN MAN LIL GANGSTERS WANNA BE WETBACKS

  14. 8one8

    LOL @ all the so called ‘gang members’ posting in this article.
    You know what? f#@$k all Sewer Rats okay?
    It’s all about the Maravilla Projects.

  15. ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS f#@$k EVERY 1 BECAUSE WILMAS EAST SIDE LST GANG IS THE HEART OF THE HARBOR. f#@$k ALL THESE LAME blank LEVAS FROM DEL AMO TO 227TH AND UP THE sh*%TY CITY. SHOUT OUT TO MY CLIQUE IN TORRANCE KFO STAY UP AND KEEP DISRESPECTING ALL MARANAS. MEXICANO’S POR VIDA f#@$k THE WORLD… SUR 13

  16. MEXICAN COCKROACH

    All MEXICANS should get the death penalty…dirty taco SPICS

  17. themostknownunknown

    204th st gang is a vagina gang…its that simple. they don’t even get respect from their own fellow surenos. Lmao. If they really hate blacks like they say they do then why don’t they f#@$k wit a real hood? They’ll get mopped up like the lil chickes they are. I consider them a hollywood gang. U know they hollywood gangs that terrorize the innocent in the movies. Its cool to shoot at a enemy until your enemy shoots back. When indeed the enemy shoots back and ki*l bout 4 or 5 members of 204th st, they’ll fold or go runnin 2 tflats for help. I dont like playin tit for tat let play that guerilla warefare. If I used war tactics against a gang like this I would be on AMERICAS MOST WANTED. Lol

  18. AFRICAN MONKEY

    ALL AFRICANS should get the death penalty… dirty filthy disgusting banana guyS

  19. CFL

    FCK MAYATES vagina blank chickES DERE ONLY GUD AT TALKN SHT BUT NVR PUT WORK LIKE DA RAZA WE KEEP IT REAL AND WE’LL ALWAYS DO FCK U GET OF THIS PAGE IF U A FAKE….ALRATOS PURO CFL….

  20. this aint the late 80’s.muthafukas know the rules nowdays.you leave yo spot to put in work and bring a gun-u doin long time if u get caught.pretty funny that his momma likes black d#$k.maybe he’ll find out he likes black d#$k when he gets to soledad or corcoran!

  21. 0000310

    f#@$k all this racist, cyber-banging bull sh*%!! This person DOES NOT. deserve the death penalty it is unfortunate of the incident but stupid blank gangs in general is what drives many young Hispanics, and blacks blues purples whatever you wann call it but at the end your so called “hood” or “homies ” aren’t and ain’t going to be there for you either so f#@$k all gangs the media an d this corrupt blank system they don’t want to hear the truth but prosecute all minorities! The media is all gossip supposedly 204 “terrorized” blacks what about the girl shouldn’t she have been at school when the shooting happened? Instead of the streets w a crowd that was smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol? What about all the harblanking towards Latinos? ……

  22. flako

    f#@$k all you sh*% talkers suck on this mexican d#$k

  23. flako

    f#@$k the cops

  24. Fuck cholos and cholas

    Your hood is done and gone you fools trying to hold on hahaha
    You ain’t sh*% never was bunch kid kil#i*gg chickes

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