A Los Angeles jury Wednesday deliberated murder charges against the alleged gunman in the 2003 shooting death of a man whose decaying body was found in a trash can at a Van Nuys storage shed.
Jeffrey Lawrence Weaver, 37, is accused of firing the fatal shot into the head of Christopher Walsh, also 37. Walsh's longtime friend and roommate David Michael Steinberg, who was accused of participating in the shooting, was convicted of first-degree murder by a separate jury Tuesday and faces life in prison without parole.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Stephanie Sparagna said Steinberg was a career criminal who had been recruiting white and Latino gangsters from the Nazi Low Riders and other San Fernando Valley gangs to create his own criminal organization. Weaver allegedly was one of the recruits.
"The indication from witnesses' testimony is that Steinberg was trying to create his own 'crew' and wanted to be the leader," Sparagna said.