Jury selection under way in Paradise Hills Craigslist slaying

Commentary by Sam Spital, San Diego Criminal Attorney:

“On October 23, 2012, the ABC news online edition reported the trial of three teenage gang members began by with the initiation of jury selection. They are charged with murder, robbery, auto theft and shooting into an occupied vehicle; there also is a special allegation that the crimes were committed for the benefit of a street gang. The victim was a college student who in 2010 graduated from La Jolla High School, who responded to a $600 computer for sale on Craigslist. After being lured to a South Bay residence, one of the defendants is reported to have pulled out a gun and demanded the victim’s money. When the defendants drove away, the victim followed. Soon thereafter, one of the defendants fired into the victim’s automobile, shot the victim who was taken to but died at a local hospital.

The defendants face between 50 and 60 years in prison for the crimes in question. Unfortunately, the reporter did not relate a discussion with any of the defense counsel to provide an account of a possible defense or mitigation. Perhaps in the days that follow, a more fair and balanced article will be forthcoming.”SAM SPITAL, FORMER DEPUTY ATORNEY GENERAL