After five weeks of contentious testimony, a jury will soon decide whether a Mongols Motorcycle Club member murdered a Pomona SWAT officer after he burst into his San Gabriel home nearly five years ago, or acted in self-defense because he didn't know the intruder was a police officer.
David Martinez, 41, has been charged with murder and assault on a police officer with a firearm in the shooting that killed Shaun Diamond, 45, on Oct. 28, 2014. Martinez’s father, Arturo was also injured.
Closing arguments begin Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles, after which the jury of six women and six men will begin deliberations. The trial began May 6.
The prosecution, led by Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Attys. Michael Blake and Jacques Garden, said that Martinez was a full-fledged, a.k.a ...