A 19-year-old Compton man awaiting trial on burglary charges has been charged with murder in the 2015 shooting death of Marquise Lawrence, 26, a new father and aspiring firefighter.
The defendant, who is black, was charged with murder on May 29 in juvenile court because he was 17-years-old when Lawrence was killed, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Det. Steve Blagg.
A fitness hearing is scheduled for June 29 in Compton Juvenile Court, Dept. 260, to determine whether the defendant will be tried as an adult, Blagg said.
Investigators believe Lawrence was going to the market around 5 p.m., on March 18, 2015, driving east on Johnson Avenue in Compton, when he was shot by someone in a dark-colored SUV at South Willowbrook Avenue.
Lawrence’s car rolled into the cement barriers for the Blue Line railroad tracks, Blagg said. He was taken to the hospital ...