- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Riverside County prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a gang member charged with killing a 6-year-old girl when he opened fire on a group of people at a house party, mistaking them for rival gang members.

Keandre Johnson was ordered in December to stand trial for the murder of 6-year-old Tiana Ricks and attempted murder of her father Tyrell Ricks Jr.

Prosecutors say the victims were in the garage of a Moreno Valley-area home on Sept. 7 when two men walked up the driveway. The gunman asked Ricks Jr. whether he belonged to a certain gang before firing shots.

Police say Johnson discussed the shooting in a recorded phone conversation with a gang member who was in custody.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says (https://bit.ly/1ef2AKR) the 21-year-old could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted.


Information from: The Press-Enterprise, https://www.pe.com

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