Posted April 16, 2014, 1:22 p.m.
Three men who prosecutors said were part of a “drug rip-off crew” were convicted this month in the 2009 murder of a 23-year-old drug dealer, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
A jury on April 14 found Hector Aguilar Arciga, a 39-year-old Latino, guilty of first-degree murder, four counts of home invasion robbery, and first-degree burglary, according to a news release from the district attorney.
On April 22, 2009, Arciga, accompanied by Pedro Huerta Zuniga, 44, and Francisco Argenis Parra, 30, went to an apartment in the 16100 block of Eucalyptus Avenue in Bellflower to purchase drugs from Carlos Zarate, 23, according to prosecutors.
When Zarate realized that he was being cheated out of money, he was shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Zuniga and Parra, who are both Latino, were convicted April 11 of first-degree murder, attempted murder, assault with a semi-automatic firearm ...
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