California IN BRIEF : STOCKTON : 12 Gang Members Charged in Killings
In a record California criminal case, a dozen gang members were arraigned on murder charges for an attack at a taco stand last summer that killed two people and wounded five. The members of the Bahala Na, or “Anything Goes,” Filipino youth gang have made California history, in a fashion, because never before have so many suspects been charged with first-degree murder in a single case, according to authorities. Eight of the 12 accused could be sentenced to death if convicted. Each of the 12 is charged with 29 counts of murder, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem, conspiracy, battery and other crimes--a total of 348 criminal counts. That also is a record for a single California murder case, according to authorities.
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