Crime & Justice

Los Angeles jury mulls fate of man accused of racist attack

A Los Angeles jury has begun deliberating the fate of an alleged member of a racist street gang who is accused of gunning down 14-year-old girl Cheryl Green because she was black.

The jury got the case Wednesday in the murder and hate crime trial of 22-year-old Jonathan Fajardo.

Green was killed in 2006 when gunmen opened fire on a black crowd in the Harbor Gateway area. Fajardo is charged with her murder and could face death if convicted.

Fajardo and Daniel Aguilar also are charged with the stabbing death of a potential witness. The man who killed him is testifying for the prosecution and could get 22 years in prison.

Prosecutors claim Fajardo and Aguilar belonged to a Hispanic gang that considered all black people to be enemies.

Information from: Los Angeles Times

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