A reputed gang member was sentenced to death Friday for the murders of two men, including an Orange County minister who was shot as he prayed in a telephone booth while stranded in South Los Angeles. Tracy Carter, 19, is the last of three gang members to be successfully prosecuted in the case.
Carter, who prosecutors said was the triggerman, was convicted in November of two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstance allegations. Superior Court Judge Jean Matusinka imposed the death sentence Friday.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Ann Ingalls said Carter and the two other reputed gang members killed David Thompson, 27, a minister at the Greater Zion Apostolic Church in Santa Ana, in April, 1987, after his church bus broke down.