Sacto 9-1-1
June 13, 2013
Gang member convicted of murder near Executive airport curses jury

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Elijah Dupree Goethe of first-degree murder in the Oct. 12, 2008, shooting death of Joseph Washington on a street near Sacramento Executive Airport.

Goethe, 23, stood up and cursed the jury when the verdict was read, court officials said, and had to be restrained by sheriff's deputies.

Prosecutors said Goethe and an accomplice shot and killed Washington while he sat in a car with a friend in the 2200 block of Mangrum Avenue at 4:44 a.m. on the day of the killing.

Authorities identified the shooting as a retaliation after members of Goethe's street gang, the Oak Park Bloods, had been targeted in an earlier gun assault. There was no evidence Washington, 20, had anything to do with the earlier shooting, officials said.

Judge Patrick Marlette scheduled Goethe's sentencing for July 12. Goethe is facing a 25-to-life term, plus additional enhancements on allegations the jury found true concerning his use of a gun and membership in a street gang.

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