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Closing arguments underway in alleged gang member's trial

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Murder scene where DeMarkis Robinson was killed in 2010. Murder scene where DeMarkis Robinson was killed in 2010.
Isaac Jaimes on trial for killing DeMarkis Robinson in 2010. Isaac Jaimes on trial for killing DeMarkis Robinson in 2010.

"Death before Dishonor" that's the motto prosecutors say ultimately lead to a 16-year-old boy's murder. The closing arguments are underway in the murder trial of Isaac Jaimes. He is accused of six counts of first degree murder.

Prosecutors argue Jaimes is a member of the Latin Kings. Back in May 2010, he drove by a home and saw rival gang members DeMarkis Robinson and William Patrick throwing up signs that disrespected their gang. Jaimes' brother, who was driving, circled back and Isaac allegedly got out with a gun and shot at the two men. Patrick was ok but Robinson got hit. The 16-year-old ended up dying in an alleyway while his father tried to call for help.

The defense has argued it was not Isaac Jaimes in the car but another Latin King gang member who was friends with his brother. And that Isaac had been with his father at the time of the shooting. Isaac even took the stand saying he was no longer a gang member when Robinson died.

Isaac's brother, Ricardo Jaimes has already been found guilty of Robinson's death in an early trial. He has been sentenced to 70 years.

The defense should start its closing argument later tonight. The jury has not yet been given the case. A verdict is not expected until tomorrow.

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