2 men to be tried for murder for slaying of boy, 3

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Updated: 6/28/2013 11:43 am

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A judge has ruled that two men charged in the fatal, drive-by shooting of a 3-year-boy in Oakland must stand trial for murder.

The Oakland Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1am4jfU ) that suspected gang members Lawrence Denard and Willie Torrence will be tried for murder, attempted murder, shooting from a vehicle and other charges.

Prosecutors say the 28-year-old Denard was the shooter in the Aug. 8, 2011 incident, and that the 24-year-old Torrence was the driver.

The pair is believed to have been targeting two men who lived in the housing project called the Village. Police say two sections within the housing project have been feuding since the 1990s.

Police say the intended targets were wounded, but that a bullet also hit the child, Carlos Nava, in the head.


Information from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com


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