The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors want a 20-year-old gang member executed if he is convicted of the shooting death of a Los Angeles High School athlete.
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced Wednesday it will seek the death penalty against Pedro Espinoza for the 2008 killing of 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw II. Espinoza is an illegal immigrant and 18th Street gang member.
Shaw was a standout running back.
In June, a judge ordered Espinoza to trial for first-degree murder, along with a special circumstance gang allegation. Espinoza has pleaded not guilty.
Espinoza had been released from a jail on a firearms charge a day before Shaw was killed.
Shaw's parents are suing the county on grounds that Espinoza should have been turned over to immigration authorities instead of being freed.