A Compton man who reportedly commuted to Pacoima six days a week to sell narcotics was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in the February shooting death of an employee who allegedly stole $20 from him.
The man, Roderick Earl Daniels, 27, faces a maximum of 27 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced Sept. 23 by San Fernando Superior Court Judge Ronald S. W. Lew.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Shellie Samuels argued to the jury that Daniels shot Darren Moss, 21, of Pacoima, a salesman in his drug operation, because Moss had withheld $20 from him after completing a drug sale.
Samuels asserted that Daniels had five sellers working for him on a commission basis and murdered Moss to deter the others from skimming money. Witnesses testified that Daniels sold drugs in Pacoima six days a week, taking Sundays off.