Jury convicts Moreno Valley gang member of killing rival
A Moreno Valley gang member who fatally shot a rival in the back and tried to kill the victim’s friend was convicted Monday, June 19 of second- degree murder and other charges.
Following two days of deliberations, a Riverside jury found 25-year-old Andre Trevone Harris guilty of the 2014 slaying of 20-year-old Christen White of Moreno Valley.
In addition to the murder count, jurors convicted Harris of attempted murder, as well as sentence-enhancing gang, gun and great bodily injury allegations.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bernard Schwartz scheduled a sentencing hearing for Aug. 4 at the Riverside Hall of Justice. Harris is facing 40 years to life in state prison.
According to prosecutors, Harris shot the victims to avenge the death of a fellow member of his gang, 19-year-old Jesse Mosley, who was gunned down at a Rancho Cucamonga party in November 2011.
On the night of Aug. 2, 2014, Harris and two other men, whose names remain unknown, drove to an apartment complex in the 12300 block of Graham Street, where White, his friend Marcus Lawton and a half-dozen of their associates were smoking and conversing on a stairwell outside one of the units, according to a trial brief filed by Deputy District Attorney Elan Zekster.
Harris and his two cohorts emerged from a four-door Toyota about 1:20 a.m. and approached the rival members, using an insider term in greeting the other men, apparently to conceal the fact they were rivals, according to the prosecution.
“Immediately after the statement, two of the three men pulled out guns and began shooting at the group as they fled back into the apartment,” Zekster said.
“Lawton was shot in the shoulder, and Christen White was shot through his lungs and into his heart. The three (attackers) ran back to the car and quickly fled.”
Lawton and White were taken to Riverside […]