Saturday, April 23, 2011

Tattoo leads to murder conviction

A gang member has been convicted of murder after police used the man's chest tattoo to prove his guilt.
The murder of 23-year-old John Juarez had remained unsolved since January 2004 when he was gunned down outside an off-licence in Pico Rivera, a Hispanic area 11 miles south-east of Los Angeles.
In 2008, LAPD Sergeant Kevin Lloyd however solved the case when he noticed a mugshot of Rivera 13 member Anthony Garcia. He was arrested in October 2008. Police officers then got a confession when they posed as gang members in his jail cell and listened to Garcia brag about the shooting.
In the mugshot, a bare chested Garcia, 25, displayed his elaborate tattoo, which was effectively a retelling of the murder scene.
Click to Enlarge
The body art included the scene outside the off licence, Mr Ed's Liquor, the words "Rivera Kills", in ference to the gang, and an illustration of a helicopter firing guns at the victim, who was depicted as Mr. Peanuts. Garcia's nickname is "Chopper", while Juarez belonged to a gang called Pico Nuevo, nicknamed "peanuts", but rival gangs.
Garcia is due to be sentenced next month. Mr Lunsford said he potentially faces 65 years to life in prison.

No comments: