Jury recommends death for hate-crime killing

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Updated: 10/04/2012 3:42 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has recommended death for a Southern California gang member over the hate-crime killing of a black man.

City News Service says a Los Angeles panel made the recommendation Wednesday for 34-year-old Desi Marentes. He was convicted of killing Eric Buckley in 2006 in the East Valinda area of Los Angeles County.

Prosecutors say Marentes shot Buckley 10 times as he walked to a bus stop after work.

Marentes was convicted last month of first-degree murder. Jurors found that the killing was gang-related and that Buckley was targeted because he was black.

An attorney for Marentes, William McKinney, says he disagrees with the jury's decision. He says the fight isn't over.


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