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Prosecutors Could Seek Death Penalty in Pasadena Christmas Homicide

The alleged gang member accused of shooting an innocent bystander and beloved community volunteer to death on Christmas is facing a capital murder charge and prosecutors will decide later whether to pursue the death penalty.

Prosecutors could seek the death penalty in the murder trial of an alleged Pasadena gang member accused of fatally shooting an innocent bystander and wounding another man in a shooting on Christmas Day.

The innocent bystander was 49-year-old Victor McClinton, who founded and acted as director of the Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League, a Pasadena non-profit that teaches children self-esteem and confidence through teamwork and other skills involving sports.

Leaders and residents of Pasadena and Altadena have been vocal about the effect McClinton had on the communities.

Larry Darnell Bishop Jr., 20, was charged Wednesday with one count of murder with the special circumstances of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle and murder to further a criminal street gang, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He also faces one count of attempted murder, two counts of shooting at an inhabited dwelling, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Prosecutors "will decide later" whether to seek the death penalty against Bishop, the release states.

Another 20-year-old man, Gary Aurthur, is also charged as an accessory to the crime, according to prosecutors.

A funeral will be held Saturday for McClinton, who was gunned down near Newport Avenue and Wyoming Street.

Isabella Baumfree January 04, 2013 at 12:59 AM
AWESOME!! If you can't do the time, don't do the crime!! Good job PPD & LASD!!!!!
Lisa Hastings January 04, 2013 at 03:48 AM
The death penalty is not awesome; it is barbaric. From Human Rights Watch: Between 2007 and 2011, the US ranked behind only China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq in number of death sentences handed down. Countries around the world have increasingly rejected the death penalty. Belarus is the only European country that still applies the death penalty. The United States stands nearly alone, alongside some of the most repressive governments in the world, in retaining the death penalty,
Rich January 04, 2013 at 07:48 PM
The death penalty is barbaric... Yes, it is, and so is the gang member that killed this good man.
Lisa Hastings January 04, 2013 at 09:21 PM
My comment was not meant in any way to diminish the barbarism of the gang member's heinous act. My comment was in response to Isabella Baumfree's comment on the death penalty decision on this case (awesome). And by the way, Isabella Baumfree was Soujourner Truth's given name. So whoever this person is hiding behind this name, I doubt if he/she fully appreciates that Soujourner Truth, if she were alive today, would most likely be working to repeal the death penalty as a repressive and barbaric punishment, and not singing its praises ("awesome") on the Altadena Patch.
Isabella Baumfree January 05, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Sojourner Truth said, "Truth is powerful and it prevails" Lisa, keep moving forward - I don't want to continue paying, via taxes, for these people to live for free in prison.

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