Two convicted for killing US teen over red shoes and shirt
TWO Los Angeles-area gang members were found guilty of first-degree murder for killing a mentally disabled teen over his red shoes and shirt – the colour affiliated with a rival gang.
According to the prosecution, 19-year-old Tavin Price was gunned down in front of his mother near a car wash in the south Los Angeles neighbourhood of Hyde Park.
Kanasho Johns, 29 and Kevin Deon Johnson, 26, both members of the NeighbourHood Crips gang, whose colour is blue, were convicted by a jury for the May 2015 murder.
Mr Johns, who fired the four rounds that killed Mr Price, was also convicted of felony possession of a firearm.
A third suspect in the case, Dwight Kevin Smith, 31, earlier pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and faces 12 years in prison.
Prosecutor Bobby Zoumberakis told the eight-man, four-woman jury that Mr Price was confronted by Mr Smith, who identified himself as a gang member and asked about his gang affiliation: “Why are you wearing all that red? Where are you from?”
A family member who was with Mr Price during the confrontation testified that she told Mr Smith that the young man was not a gang member and explained that he was “slow”. Shortly thereafter, Mr Price was shot as he stood by his mother’s car.
Several family members and friends of the victim who were present at the courthouse wore red shoes and jackets in a sign of defiance.
Los Angeles has been described as the “gang capital” of the United States, with more than 450 active gangs operating in the city. –