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Suspected Gang Member Is Convicted of Killing 2

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June 11, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A 16-year-old suspected gang member was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder Thursday in the drive-by shootings of two South Los Angeles teenagers.

Jaylin Underwood was tried as an adult in the Sept. 10 deaths of Quinesha Dunford, 15, and Demario Moore, 13, students at Manual Arts High School. They were hit by bullets from a passing car near Normandie Avenue and 54th Street, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Schneider.

The maximum sentence Underwood could receive is life without parole, Schneider said.

Two other suspects, Marcel Harlin and Adrian Richardson, both 18, are scheduled to stand trial next week in the killings, described by Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton as an act of domestic terrorism.

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