Los Angeles County District Attorney announced that four alleged gang members have been charged in connection with the fatal drive-by shooting of a 1-year old girl in Compton last year.
Davion Ramal Douglas, Denzell Davon Hull, Ronzay Deshon Richards, and Ray Howard Patterson Jr., have all been charged; Douglas was charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, including a special allegation that the defendant personally and intentionally discharged a firearm which caused great bodily injury and death to the infant victim, while Hull has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count each of murder, shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon, that also includes a special allegation that he personally and intentionally discharged a firearm during the commission of the crime, Richards had been charged with one count each of murder and attempted murder, while the charging document alleges that he had been previously convicted of first-degree burglary, person present in 2012, and Patterson has been charged with one count of being an accessory after the fact.
All four are alleged to have committed crimes for the benefit of, and in association with a criminal street gang, with the specific intent to promote, further and assist in criminal conduct by gang members. Douglas and Hull have already been arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the charges, while Richards pleaded not guilty on October 5th, and Patterson was recently incarcerated in Nevada, his arraignment date is not known.
Douglas, Hull, and Richards allegedly through enemy gang territory, shooting at a home in the 300 block of North Holly Avenue in Compton before fleeing the scene. Autumn Johnson, a victim, 1-years old, was struck by the gunfire and died as a result of her injuries. Patterson was informed of the drive-by shooting immediately after the incident. Hull allegedly shot at a man who was sitting in his vehicle in Lynwood less than two months later.
Hull, Richards, and Douglas are all scheduled to return to court on Dec. 14th for a preliminary hearing setting in Department D of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Compton Branch. Douglas faces a maximum possible sentence of 107 years to life in prison, Hull faces 156 years to life, Richards 95 years to life, while Patterson faces up to seven years in prison if convicted as charged.