A jury on Monday decided that a gang member convicted of killing four people -- including a 10-year-old boy -- should be executed, authorities said.
A prosecutor argued last week that Charles Ray Smith, 44, deserved to die after a previous jury found him guilty of taking part in two separate deadly shootings in 2006, including one that became known as the 49th Street Massacre. In that incident, two men wielding AK47s opened fire on children and adults enjoying a Friday afternoon on a quiet South Los Angeles street.
Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Amy Ashvanian told jurors during closing arguments that the first of Smith's killings occurred on March 31, 2006, when Bani Hinojosa was shot in the back. Hinojosa, 27, was bringing home milk to his wife and daughters.
Slain on 49th Street on June 30, 2006, were David Marcial, 10; his uncle, Larry Marcial, 22; and Luis Cervantes, a 17-year-old neighbor. David's 12-year-old brother was seriously wounded in the attack. The boys had been riding their bicycles in front of their house when the gunmen opened fire.