Jury reaches verdict in 10-year-old's death

Child struck by stray bullet in 2006
March 4, 2009 2:53:02 PM PST
A man has been found guilty in the shooting death of Siretha White at her 2006 birthday party. White was struck by a stray bullet while at her aunt's home in the Englewood neighborhood on March 12, 2006. Her family had just surprised her with a birthday party. She would have turned 11-years old two days later.

On Wednesday, Moses Phillips, who was 19 at the time of the shooting, was convicted in the girl's death. Prosecutors said Phillips was settling a score with rival gang members who were on the porch at the home where White was shot. Multiple gunshots were fired that way, and one of the stray bullets struck White, who was inside the front room of the home.

Phillips' attorney claimed his client was at home the night of the murder.

Paree Jones, 25, was also charged in the case. He was reportedly involved in an earlier shooting with Phillips, but did not fire his gun during the shooting that killed White.


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