- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A member of a Mexican drug gang active in Southern California has been convicted of murder and kidnapping for ransom, but the jury deadlocked on several other counts.

Edgar Lopez went to trial on six felony charges, including several killings that occurred in 2004 and 2005.

U-T San Diego reported Wednesday (https://bit.ly/1C6mBfX ) that Judge David Rubin declared a mistrial on four counts, all of which were murder charges. Hearings in January will determine how the case will proceed.

Authorities say Lopez belonged to Los Palillos - Spanish for “the Toothpicks.”

The 40-year-old is one of 18 people - both U.S. and Mexican citizens - indicted since 2009 in connection with the gang.

He is the sixth Los Palillos defendant to be convicted at trial since 2012.


Information from: U-T San Diego, https://www.utsandiego.com

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