Mistrial declared in penalty phase of triple-murderer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Deputy District Attorney Hoon Chun said prosecutors would seek to retry the penalty phase, in which jurors can recommend the death penalty or life in prison without parole. McGhee, the leader of the Toonerville gang in Atwater Village, was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and four of attempted murder. His autobiographical notebook of gang lyrics, in which he boasted about his crimes, proved vital in the conviction – which is not affected by the mistrial in the penalty phase. Defense attorney Franklin Peters Jr. said he believes the two jurors who opposed execution might have been moved by testimony that McGhee has raised three children and five stepchildren. “(They) felt there were some redeeming qualities of the defendant that deserves a verdict other than death,” Peters said. The murder convictions were for the Oct. 14, 1997, killing of Ronald Martin; the June 3, 2000, slaying of 16-year-old Ryan Gonzalez; and the Nov. 9, 2001, slaying of Margie Mendoza, the girlfriend of a rival gang member and a 26-year-old mother of three. In addition to his conviction of attempting to murder LAPD Officers Thomas Baker and Carlos Langarica, McGhee was found guilty of trying to kill Duane Natividad and Erica Rhee. He was acquitted of attempting to kill Pedro Sanchez and Juan Cardiel. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Convicted multiple killer Timothy Joseph McGhee might have received a reprieve on a date with the death penalty Friday when a mistrial was declared in the penalty phase of his trial. Deadlocked at 10-2 in favor of execution, an eight-man, four-woman jury concluded after almost three days of deliberations that it was deadlocked. McGhee, 34, one of Los Angeles’ most feared gang leaders with a penchant for writing rap lyrics about his killings, was convicted Oct. 25 of murdering rival gang members for control of a lucrative drug trade. In declaring a mistrial in the penalty phase, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry scheduled a Dec. 12 hearing to determine how to proceed. last_img read more