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Third suspect charged in shooting of Pasadena youth coach

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Victor J. McClinton, 49, was killed in a shooting outside his home on Christmas morning. He was a well-known youth mentor and sport leader in Pasadena.

Prosecutors have charged a third suspect, Jerron Donald Harris, 25,  with capital murder Wednesday in Los Angeles for allegedly shooting neighborhood sports coach Victor McClinton outside his home.

McClinton, 49, died Christmas morning when he was caught between a car-to-car shooting. Pasadena police detectives say a gang member was the intended target. McClinton was outside his home in Pasadena greeting holiday visitors at the time.

About 400 people attended a vigil held for McClinton the week he died. The popular coach had founded a community sport league for youngsters, a dream of his since he was a kid. The fatal shooting has generated neighborhood discussion about prison realignment and local crime.

Pasadena police arrested Harris last weekend in Gardena. Authorities say he is a gang member and a convicted felon. Prosecutors allege that he was in the front seat of the car when he and another person opened fire.

Last week, 20-year old Larry Darnell Bishop was charged with murder in the same case. His charges are similar to the other alleged shooter.  Prosecutors also arrested and charged a third man  for his alleged role as an accessory after the fact.

Authorities are holding Bishop without bail. He and Harris will return to court on Jan. 23 for arraignment.

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