- - Sunday, November 7, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Two arrested in boy’s shooting

LOS ANGELES | Two reputed gang members were arrested in the Halloween killing of a 5-year-old boy who was shot in the head as he showed off his Spider-Man costume in his backyard, police said.

Marcus Denson, 18, was arrested Thursday at a home near the shooting site after a brief chase, Los Angeles police Capt. Dennis Kato said. Leonard Hall Jr., 21, was arrested about 2 a.m. Friday at an apartment building several miles north of the site, Capt. Kato said.

The men, both reputed members of a local street gang, were booked on suspicion of murder and remained jailed, he said. Their bail was set at $1 million each, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Aaron Shannon Jr. was flexing the muscles of his Spider-Man costume and posing for photographs in the backyard with his uncle, grandfather and cousin Halloween afternoon when he was shot, police and relatives have said. Investigators said they think Mr. Hall and Mr. Denson were in an alley behind the house when the former pulled a handgun and fired several shots through a chain-link fence into the yard.

CONNECTICUT

Jury still undecided on murder sentence

NEW HAVEN | A Connecticut jury ended a third day of deliberations Sunday without deciding a sentence for a man convicted of killing a woman and her two daughters in their suburban home in which the girls were tied to their beds, doused in gasoline and left to die in a fire.

Steven Hayes was found guilty last month of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters — 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela — in 2007 in Cheshire. Jurors are to return Monday to deliberate on whether to execute Hayes or sentence him to life imprisonment.

His lawyers have argued that he should be spared the death penalty because his mental capacity was significantly impaired.

FLORIDA

Shuttle launch reset to end of month

CAPE CANAVERAL | Space shuttle Discovery’s final voyage was postponed Friday until the end of the month so NASA can fix a fuel leak.

It’s the fourth delay in a week for Discovery’s mission to the International Space Station with six veteran astronauts and the first humanoid robot bound for orbit.

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