/LA DA Gascón drops death penalty for man charged with killing police officer
LA DA Gascón drops death penalty for man charged with killing police officer

LA DA Gascón drops death penalty for man charged with killing police officer


LA DA Gascón drops death penalty for man charged with killing police officer

By Peter Aitken | Fox News

Officer Keith Boyer was killed in 2017; Michael Christopher Mejia is awaiting trial.
Los Angeles District Attorney (DA) George Gascón said Friday he will not seek the death penalty for an admitted gang member who killed a police officer and his own cousin.
Michael Christopher Mejia, 30, is awaiting trial on charges stemming from Feb. 20, 2017.
One of Mejia’s victims was officer Keith Boyer, 53, who was responding to a report of a traffic collision in which Mejia had been involved.
Mejia shot Boyer and another officer, Patrick Hazell, while trying to flee the scene of the crash. Hazell survived a shot to the abdomen.
Deputy District Attorney Garrett Dameron said during a hearing at Norwalk Courthouse that he had been ordered to remove the death penalty consideration, despite his own objection and that of Deputy DA Geoff Lewis, FOX LA reported.
Don Clark, Boyer’s stepfather, said that the reversal was “a punch in the gut.”
“People don’t realize how hard it is on the families,” a tearful Clark told “Fox & Friends” host Jedediah Bila on Saturday.
“What Gascón’s doing — not only to our family, but to the cousin’s family — but to so many other families … that’s absolutely horrendous,” Clark added.
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