Prosecutors plan to charge a teen with murder, accusing him of firing into a crowd in Watts this month and killing a 1-year-old boy cradled in his father's arms, authorities said Thursday.
Los Angeles police describe the 15-year-old suspect, Donald Ray Dokins, as a Fudgetown Mafia Crips gang member. Prosecutors plan to charge Dokins as an adult with one count each of first-degree murder and attempted murder. The arraignment is scheduled for Friday morning.
Dokins was taken into custody Wednesday after LAPD detectives obtained information linking him to the June 4 shooting that killed Angel Mauro Cortez Nava and wounded the child's father, Mauro Cortez, according to court documents and law enforcement sources familiar with the case.
Dokins was identified as a suspect within days of Angel's death, according to the June 13 search warrant affidavit. He also is believed to be "a suspect in previous murders," according to court papers.