SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Sentencing was rescheduled Thursday to Nov. 23 for a gang member who fatally shot a rival more than four years ago in southeast San Diego because the victim had supposedly "disrespected" the defendant's gang.
Maurice David Tucker, 23, was convicted in August of first-degree murder and faces 50 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced by Judge Michael Smyth.
Jurors also found true allegations that the murder was carried out for the benefit of a street gang and that Tucker used a gun in the June 9, 2007, attack on 20-year-old Stephen Cleveland.
Tucker's conviction came in a second trial. A different jury deadlocked 11-1 for guilt last year, when co-defendant Charles Neal was convicted.
Deputy District Attorney Kristian Trocha told jurors in the retrial that Cleveland and his friends jumped the defendant and some friends at a Lil Wayne concert on April 28, 2007. Tucker and his gang were upset because Cleveland's gang had disrupted a community celebration at Martin Luther King Park, the prosecutor said.
Tucker and Neal borrowed a green SUV, got dressed in black and decided to go after Cleveland, according to Trocha.
Just before 9 p.m. on June 9, 2007, the green SUV pulled up in front of the victim's home as he was saying goodbye to his girlfriend, the prosecutor said.
Cleveland ran, but a passenger in the SUV got out fired multiple shots at the victim, killing him, Cleveland's girlfriend told police.
After the murder, Tucker talked about killing Cleveland, an informant told police. According to the informant, Tucker said Neal initially confronted the victim but was "taking too long," so Tucker got out and shot Cleveland in the neck. The victim was actually shot in the upper body.
Defense attorney Wil Rumble told jurors that his client was not at the crime scene and prosecutors didn't have any physical evidence tying Tucker to the murder.
Statements by the victim's girlfriend and the confidential informant were inconsistent and could not be relied upon, the defense attorney said.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
San Diego and other areas of Southern California may get significant rain this week, according to the National Weather Service.
Two people were killed in head-on crash, as the driver of a stolen car sped away from deputies and veered into oncoming traffic near Pauma Valley Sunday.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.
Authorities today announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday's sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, "never authorized" departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.