The California Supreme Court on Monday overturned two murder convictions for which two gang members had been sentenced to death. The two men have been on death row for 15 years.
One of the men headed the 89 Family Bloods gang during the 1980s and early 1990s. He was charged and convicted with ordering another gang member to kill two rival gang members. Both were sent to death row and both convictions are now overturned.
The Supreme Court ruled that the trial judge presiding over the 1997 trial had improperly dismissed a juror who was critical of the prosecution's homicide case against the two defendants.