Jury deadlocks on death penalty for man convicted of four murders


StreetGangs.com June 28, 2010 | 3:38 a.m. LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles jury was deadlocked on the death penalty punishment of alleged gang member, Charles Ray Smith, 41, who was found guilty of four murders in May. Three of those murders were related to a triple murder that occurred in South Los Angeles on […]

Guilty Verdict in “49th Street Massacre” Triple Murder


STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER May 17, 2010 | 12:59 p.m. updated: May 19, 2010 | 11:36 a.m. updated: May 20, 2010 | 12:22 a.m. Update: Charles Smith was found guilty on 4 counts of homicide, 1 count of attempted homicide and 1 count of conspiracy to commit homicide. Clarification: The three victims were not gang members […]

L.A’s 49th Street Massacre may not have been about race

Street Massacre

By Jack Leonard (LA Times) April 25, 2010 On a summer afternoon nearly four years ago, two men carrying AK-47 assault rifles climbed out of a dark red sedan on a quiet South Los Angeles street and opened fire. One gunman shot a 10-year-old boy riding a bicycle, then stood over the child and continued […]

Did we find a new street gang in Los Angeles?


Streetgangs.com April 13, 2010 South LA, Calif – While on a street gang expedition in South Los Angeles, we came across what appeared to be gang graffiti of a neighborhood that we never heard of. We are not talking about taggers or crews which are scattered all over Los Angeles perhaps at the rate of […]

Mistrial declared in ’49th Street Massacre’ that shook South L.A.


by Richard Winton (LA Times) December 2, 2009 A judge declared a mistrial today in the case of two gang members accused in the “49th Street Massacre” of three people in 2006. The decision came after a jury deadlocked in the case, which sparked community outrage and became a symbol of the long reach of […]

Three men are accused of triple killing

Black gang members are charged in last year’s shooting of two Latino boys and an adult in what was dubbed the 49th Street Massacre. By Richard Winton Times Staff Writer April 24, 2007 Prosecutors charged three black gang members Monday with killing two Latino boys and an adult standing in the frontyard of a South […]