After four years, the murder of high school student Jamiel Shaw (shown below) by an illegal alien gangster is finally coming to trial.
There is no better example of the government’s permissive treatment of illegal alien criminals than this crime. The accused killer, Pedro Espinoza, had been held in the LA jail on a gun charge and was a known gangster and illegal, yet was released to Los Angeles streets instead of being deported. Espinoza is charged with murdering Shaw on the day following his release. Had Espinoza been properly deported as the law requires, then he would not have been in this country to kill.
Jamiel Shaw murder case sees jury selection, KABC Los Angeles, April 24, 2012
LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Jury selection began on Tuesday morning in the trial of Pedro Espinoza, who is accused in the shooting death of Los Angeles High School football player Jamiel Shaw.
About 80 jurors are expected Tuesday and Wednesday, and 24 have already been excused. Once the trial begins, it is expected to last up to four weeks.
Shaw’s family was present in the court room, and they say they hope the case will reignite the immigration debate as it did when Shaw was first killed.
Shaw, 19, was shot once in the head while on the sidewalk outside his home four years ago. Espinoza, a known gang member and illegal immigrant, was also 19 when he allegedly gunned down Shaw.
The crime sparked outrage from the community. Shaw was a star running back at Los Angeles High School who had lead his team to a league title. He was also attracting scholarship attention from schools like Stanford and Rutgers at the time of his death.
Espinoza had just been released from the L.A. County Jail on a gun charge the day before Shaw was killed. Shaw’s family says if Espinoza had been deported because of his illegal status, Shaw would still be alive.
The family tried but failed to get a law passed that would allow police to arrest gang members if they are in the country illegally. However the LAPD has an established policy against stopping people based on their immigration status. But the family will attempt to put the measure back up for a vote.
“With Jamiel’s Law, it just specifies illegal alien gang members, they won’t even support that,” Jamiel Shaw Sr., the teen’s father. “The illegal immigration thing is so messed up now…There’s no reason not to go after gang members in the country [who are] illegally committing crime.”
Jamiel Shaw Sr. plans to take the stand in the trial if called upon. He was at his son’s side moments after he was shot. The teen’s mother has served in Iraq and is on her way home from Texas.
Espinoza could face the death penalty if he is convicted.