*The killing of a Canoga Park, California bowling alley employee was a racially motivated crime tied to gang activity, L.A. prosecutors say.
A co-defendant charged with the 2008 murder of James Shamp (pictured) was seeking bragging rights and earned his gang moniker “Outlaw” when he willfully participated in the racially motivated crime, a prosecutor told jurors in closing arguments Wednesday.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Daniel Akemon of the Hardcore Gang Division told jurors at the Van Nuys Courthouse that Martin Sotelo helped fellow gang member Richard Bordelon gun down Shamp, a black man, “in cold blood because of the color of his skin, in a display of senseless violence and a complete disregard for human life.”
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