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Monday, 2 February 2009

Oak Park gang member charged in the shooting death of one of his homeboys while they were out on a retaliation attack in rival territory.

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Closing arguments began today in the murder trial of a reputed Oak Park gang member charged in the shooting death of one of his homeboys while they were out on a retaliation attack in rival territory.Deputy District Attorney Anthony Ortiz said as many as 30 shots were fired in the June 27, 2005, broad-daylight shooting on Della Circle in the Florin area. One of the shots fired by defendant Denishio Demmitrius Collins, 26, killed David Perkins, 22, one of the eight gang members from the Oak Park Bloods who filled three cars in the assault on a rival Crip set, according to Ortiz."This wasn't an in-the-dark sneak attack," Ortiz said. "These were people who said 'screw it' - this is our war and we're going to bring it to your streets."
After the shooting, the Oak Park gang members dumped the dying Perkins out of one of their vehicles and left him to die, Ortiz said."He was left on a sidewalk to die by his homeboys," the prosecutor said. Their mindset, Ortiz said, was, "'We just shot up a neighborhood. I'm not waiting around to see what happens to David Perkins.'"Prosecutors charged Collins under a theory of the natural and probable consequences of a dangerous act. Ortiz argued that even though Perkins was part of the gang that took the offensive, he still was the victim of the "transferred intent" of his cohorts' implied malice."They just accidentally killed one of their own guys," Ortiz said.Ortiz's argument ran until the lunch hour and was expected to continue afterward.Collins' lawyer, William R. White, will then give his argument before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin J. McCormick sends the case to the jury.

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