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LA jury recommends death in killing of 4

Posted: June 10, 2013 3:28 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2013 3:28 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The third Los Angeles jury to hear penalty evidence against a man convicted of a quadruple gang killing has recommended death for Charles Ray Smith in a case which involved the murder of a 10-year-old boy.

The 44-year-old Smith showed no reaction when a court clerk read the verdicts Monday, speaking the word "death" four times.

Two earlier juries deadlocked on the penalty for Smith, who was convicted along with another man of shooting an assault rifle into a group of family members. Prosecutors said the men thought they were targeting rival gang members but their victims had no gang ties.

Victims' relatives in court for the verdicts say are pleased with the verdicts but are mostly happy to have their ordeal ended. The killings occurred in 2006.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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