Closing Arguments Underway in Trial of Two Alleged Gang Members Charged with 2012 Killing of Venice Resident Oscar Duncan
By Paul Chavez, Venice Dispatch
A prosecutor during his closing argument Wednesday urged a jury to find two alleged gang members guilty of murder for the June 2012 shooting death of 23-year-old Venice resident Oscar Duncan.
Kevin Green, 31, and Hopeton Parsley, 25, both have been charged with murder with gun use and committing a crime to benefit a street gang.
The defendants waived their right to testify during a hearing before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham at the LAX Airport Courthouse.
The prosecution and defense both rested their cases Wednesday as testimony wrapped up in the four-week trial. Green was represented at trial by defense lawyer Nancy Sperber while Parsley was defended by lawyer Garfield Cramer.
Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Eugene Hanrahan of the Hardcore Gang Division in his 90-minute closing argument told jurors that Green and Parsley were “on a mission to rival gang territory to hunt and kill.”
“Oscar Duncan was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Hanrahan said.
Duncan, a 2006 graduate of Venice High School, was a former “Youth of the Year” with the Boys & Girls Club of Venice; a homecoming and prom king at Venice High School and played on the school’s football team. He also was a youth pastor at a church in Compton and teen mentor at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. He also was known for his dancing and singing talents and went by the name “Choir Boy.”
He was returning from dinner with his fiancee when he was fatally shot once in the head June 4, 2012, about 10:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Santa Clara Avenue outside his grandmother’s home.
Hanrahan during his closing argument presented a timeline of events based on Parsley’s cell phone records and a Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite-based surveillance device attached to parolee Green’s ankle.
Prosecutors allege that Green was driving his girlfriend’s white Lexus during the shooting while Parsley was the alleged gunman.
Green’s ankle monitor registered being in front of Duncan’s home at the time of the shooting, Hanrahan said.
Nicole Sheran, 20, previously pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal and testified she was in the back seat along with a teenage male at the time of the shooting, Hanrahan said.
Hanrahan reviewed the testimony of a witness who testified that she saw Parsley waving a gun outside the car and cheering as the car drove away after the shooting.
The prosecutor also reviewed surveillance footage from a police pole camera that showed Green after the shooting apparently scraping blood off the passenger side of the vehicle.
Authorities allege that Green was a member of the Playboy Gangster Crips for 12 years and that Parsley also was a member of the same street gang.
The defense was scheduled to present their closing argument Thursday at 11 a.m. followed by a rebuttal from the prosecution before the jury begins deliberations.
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