LANCASTER – A man who allegedly killed another man during an afternoon street brawl in Lancaster in 2012 has been caught and charged with murder.
Cedric Carl Burton Jr., aka Dirty Devil aka Lil Ced, was arrested Wednesday while entering the Antelope Valley Courthouse on an unrelated case, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The 30-year-old was charged Thursday with murder, and the charge includes special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and murder to further the activities of a criminal street gang, according to Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami. The allegations open Burton to a possible death sentence, but prosecutors will decide later whether to seek capital punishment.
He is scheduled to be arraigned June 9 in Lancaster.
On Nov. 29, 2012, Brandy “Brandon” Houston, 21, was fatally shot during a brawl in the 43000 block of Gadsden Avenue, according to prosecutors and the sheriff’s department.
According to the sheriff’s department, the fight began as an argument between Houston and his live-in girlfriend, who called her sister for a ride.
Her sister instead sent her boyfriend at the time, Terrell Henderson, who arrived with Randy Sullivan and Joshua Lockett to pick her up, according to testimony from the 2014 trial.
Later, they returned with two other men — one of whom allegedly was Burton — and a street brawl ensued involving around a dozen people, the prosecutor said.
During the fight, Burton allegedly walked through the crowd directly to Houston and shot him 12 times, killing him, the prosecutor said.
Henderson, Sullivan and Lockett were later arrested, tried and convicted of second-degree murder. All three were sentenced in 2014 to potential life prison terms.
In a November 2015, a state appeals court panel rejected the defense’s claim that there was insufficient evidence to support their convictions.
The three-justice appellate court panel found that the evidence established the three dropped off the victim’s girlfriend and her baby and then “drove away with the singular purpose of going back to fight Houston and his family.”
“Here, there was evidence defendants sought out a confrontation with Houston’s group. They picked up two additional men as backup, including the shooter,” the justices found in a 20-page ruling.
The California Supreme Court refused in February to review the case against the three.
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