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Man is convicted in killing of deputy

From Times Staff Reports

A Hawaiian Gardens gang member was convicted Tuesday of murdering a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy in June 2005.

Jose Luis Orozco, 29, was found guilty by a jury of first-degree murder with special circumstances of murder of a police officer and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty when the penalty phase of his trial begins next week.

Deputy Luis Gerardo Ortiz, 35, was shot June 24, 2005, outside a Hawaiian Gardens apartment building while investigating a shooting in which Orozco was a suspect.

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