The murder of Jamiel Shaw was not over a Spiderman backpack or race

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer November 9, 2012 | 2:09 a.m. Last Friday, Judge Ronald Rose upheld the jury’s sentence of death against Pedro “Darky” Espinoza who was convicted in the 2008 first degree murder of Jamiel Shaw. Many observers who had been watching this trial anticipated that this sentence was inevitable because of [...]

Jury orders death penalty for killer of Jamiel Shaw II

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By Victoria Kim (Los Angeles Times) | May 24, 2012 A 23-year-old gang member who shot and killed a high school football star he mistook for a rival gangster in 2008 should be put to death, a Los Angeles jury decided Wednesday. Jurors reached the verdict after about a week of testimony in the penalty [...]

Jury finds Espinoza guilty in the murder of Jamiel Shaw Jr.

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer May 9, 2012 | 4:09 p.m. LOS ANGELES – After about 4 hours of deliberations the jury found 18th Street gang member Pedro Espinoza guilty of 1st degree murder in the 2008 killing of Jamiel Shaw Jr. While walking home in the Washington Heights neighborhood, Shaw crossed paths with [...]

Closing statements in Espinoza murder trial lasts entire day

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer May 9, 2012 | 2:04 p.m. LOS ANGELES — On Tuesday, closing arguments were presented in the murder trial of Pedro Espinoza, the teenager accused of killing Jamiel Shaw, 17, on March 2, 2008. Espinoza, now 22, was dressed in a dark brown double breasted suit with glasses and [...]

Defense in Espinoza murder trial rests without calling a witness

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer May 7, 2012 | 6:47 p.m. Updated: May 8 | 11:51 a.m. Correction: The defense did call one witness, LAPD officer Javier Hernandez on May 3, 2012. LOS ANGELES — Monday morning defense attorney Csaba Palfi was ready to present his defense in the murder trial of Pedro Espinoza [...]

Prosecution rests their case agasint Shaw Jr.’s accused killer

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer May 7, 2012 | 4:15 a.m. PST Friday marked the fourth and final day of the prosecution’s case against Pedro Espinoza who is accused of killing Jamiel Shaw, Jr. on March 2, 2008. LAPD Gang Expert testifies Officer Winston Lee of the LAPD testified Friday morning in the trial [...]

Neighbor testifies in Espinoza murder trial (Jamiel Shaw Jr.)

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer May 6, 2012 | 3:38 a.m. PST LOS ANGELES — On Thursday, the murder trial of Pedro Espinoza continued, marking the third day of testimony. Juan Torres was the last witness and under the direct examination of Deputy District Attorney Allyson Ostrowski when trial recessed on Tuesday. Torres resumed [...]

Jamiel Shaw’s best friend is first witness in Espinoza murder trial

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer May 2, 2012 | 11:55 p.m. PST Opening Statements On Monday, opening statements in the murder trial of Pedro Espinoza began. Espinoza is on trial for the 2008 killing of Jamiel Shaw Jr., who was a standout football star at Los Angeles High School. On March 2, while walking [...]

Jury selection begins in trial of slain South LA teen

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Andrea Kowalchik (The South Los Angeles Report) | April 24, 2012 Pedro Espinoza sat silently in court wearing a brown suit, glasses, and sporting a fresh crew-cut. He kept his eyes focused on his lawyers, asking them questions periodically. Directly behind him in the first row, sat the Shaw family. While the defense questioned potential [...]

The killing of Daniel Silva in South Los Angeles

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer April 3, 2012 | 8:35 a.m. PST It’s been over a year since Daniel “Monster” Silva, 18, was gunned down on the corner of Alsace Ave and Roseland, but his memorial still stands. While sitting in a car, an assailant walked up and shot Silva on the morning of [...]

Judge Dismissed Wrongful Death Lawsuit in the Jamiel Shaw Murder

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By Alex Alonso STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER May 31, 2010 | 2:27 p.m. LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Last week a judge dismissed the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Jamiel Shaw Jr. against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Lee Baca. The Shaw family filed the lawsuit after learning that their son’s [...]

Hyperbolic Attack of Illegal Citizens through a Misinformation Campaign

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By Alex Alonso September 9, 2009 As a gang researcher the issue of illegal immigration comes up often when being interviewed or asked to opine on the subject of Los Angeles gangs. For some, illegal immigration is a major reason why street gangs exisit, but the reality is that most gang members, including Hispanics, are [...]

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