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Four Alleged Members of Venice Street Gang Ordered to Stand Trial

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Four alleged members of a Venice street gang were ordered to stand trial Thursday on multiple counts including murder for the shooting death of a seven-year-old boy.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark A. Young after a five-week preliminary hearing at the LAX Airport Courthouse ruled there was enough evidence for Tradel Billy Faniel, 29; Paul Eugene Jamar, Jr. 20; Danielle Tonano Perez, 33, and Windel Roman Faniel, 27, to stand trial.

The defendants face two counts of murder  and multiple accounts of attempted murder, said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Kristin Trutanich of the Hardcore Gang Division.

A Los Angeles Police Department officer during preliminary hearing testimony in mid-March identified all four defendants as members of the Venice Shoreline Crips street gang.

The charges include gang and gun allegations and stem from a four-month shooting spree in the Mid-City area that included the fatal shooting of seven-year-old Taalib Pecantte in December 2013 and the killing of Charles Hall, 17, in September 2013, prosecutors said.

The defendants have been charged with the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders that carries the death penalty. Prosecutors have not yet decided on whether they will seek capital punishment or life in prison without parole.

All four defendants were scheduled to be arraigned April 9 at the Criminal Justice Center courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.

–Venice Dispatch

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