Trial starts in killing of Temple City teen

Opening arguments began in Pasadena Superior Court Tuesday in the trial of two men accused of killing Temple City teenager Deandre Netter in a drive-by shooting in July, 2007. Full Story
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ElephantGun

United States

#1 Mar 24, 2009
String 'em up by their gunnysacks (small as they may be).

Since: Oct 08

Fullerton, CA

#2 Mar 25, 2009
Unfortunately, I don't think the courts will do anything. If they do, they'll likely jail them, where they will connect with more gangsters. The only solution to stop the influence and spread of gangs is to call in the military. After all, members of the Armed Services are sworn to defend the country from enemies and foes both domestic and foreign.
EatAtTheCrest

Monterey Park, CA

#3 Mar 25, 2009
More wrong info. Netter was not a Temple City Teen. He was a Pasadena gangster who moved to the San Gabriel County area of Temple City Schools and was in the continuation school. He brought trouble with him. Immediately after his murder, his mom and family returned to their Pasadena neighborhood and their old gang ways.
Temple City Resident

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Mar 25, 2009
EatAtTheCrest wrote:
More wrong info. Netter was not a Temple City Teen. He was a Pasadena gangster who moved to the San Gabriel County area of Temple City Schools and was in the continuation school. He brought trouble with him. Immediately after his murder, his mom and family returned to their Pasadena neighborhood and their old gang ways.
Thank you very much. The truth be told. The boys accused of killing Netter were not involved in gangs. The Netter brothers came from Pasadena to Temple City with their gang signs and challenging many other school boys to fights. I drove by them once, and turned to look at them as I heard about all the commotion they had started at the school, they fliped me the finger. They came to Temple City looking for and bringing trouble. Students went to the school dean to complain about them. The dean did not nothing and accused them of racism. If the school and intervened, then possibly a death would have never occured and two other boys would not be spending their lives in prison.
SIN CITY

Las Vegas, NV

#5 Mar 25, 2009
Temple City Resident wrote:
<quoted text>Thank you very much. The truth be told. The boys accused of killing Netter were not involved in gangs. The Netter brothers came from Pasadena to Temple City with their gang signs and challenging many other school boys to fights. I drove by them once, and turned to look at them as I heard about all the commotion they had started at the school, they fliped me the finger. They came to Temple City looking for and bringing trouble. Students went to the school dean to complain about them. The dean did not nothing and accused them of racism. If the school and intervened, then possibly a death would have never occured and two other boys would not be spending their lives in prison.
blaw,blaw,blaw it does not matter who he was the bottam line he was murdered
El Monte Res

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Mar 25, 2009
SIN CITY wrote:
<quoted text> blaw,blaw,blaw it does not matter who he was the bottam line he was murdered
It does not matter to you where your from, but the people who live in the area care. That fool brought the ganster life with him and he got, got for it. "You can take a gangster out of the hood but you can't take the hood out of the gangster"
Escape CA

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Mar 25, 2009
but to the la razaists, Guerra and Lopez were just, ya know, protecting la raza

on the other hand, Temple City Res. notes that the dean did nothing... and that's because HE (or she) was worried that he himself would be accused of racism if he disciplines a problem black kid... that's been the case with Pasadena schools for a long time... and you know what, the administrators and the teachers do in fact get accused of racism when they try to rein in unruly black kids, and so the PUSD continues to suck due to behavior problems.
Temple City Resident

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Mar 25, 2009
Escape CA wrote:
but to the la razaists, Guerra and Lopez were just, ya know, protecting la raza
on the other hand, Temple City Res. notes that the dean did nothing... and that's because HE (or she) was worried that he himself would be accused of racism if he disciplines a problem black kid... that's been the case with Pasadena schools for a long time... and you know what, the administrators and the teachers do in fact get accused of racism when they try to rein in unruly black kids, and so the PUSD continues to suck due to behavior problems.
This was at Temple City High School. Deandre and DeJohn enrolled in Temple City High School, a few months after school started in 9/2006. Temple City Unified School District is to blame for this one.
EatAtTheCrest

Rosemead, CA

#9 Mar 27, 2009
Wrong, TC resident. The school district has to take anyone who lives in their district, and the Netter twins did. The twins were moved to the continuation school for bad behavior. Why doesn't anyone ask what two 16 year old boys were doing in central Temple City at 11:30 PM, miles from their home, walking the opposite direction of their house up near Huntington and Rosemead? Where was mom? Why were they wandering the streets? Where was the police? Driving Cathe' Wilson home from a meeting?
Temple City Resident

Temple City, CA

#10 Apr 2, 2009
Who cares if they were later moved to Continuation School. Continuation is still part of the Temple City Unified School District. The problem started at Temple City High School. No action was taken when the Netter boys were causing multiple fights, on and off campus. Complaints were made to the Dean as well as to individual counselors. The Netter boys made plenty of enemies which resulted in one of their deaths, and saeveral boys incarcerated. Escape CA is right on the money.
Teacher

United States

#11 Apr 4, 2009
The Netters did NOT live in the San Gabriel County area, they lived ON Golden West, a few blocks from where the murder occurred.
Teacher

United States

#12 Apr 4, 2009
Escape CA wrote:
but to the la razaists, Guerra and Lopez were just, ya know, protecting la raza
on the other hand, Temple City Res. notes that the dean did nothing... and that's because HE (or she) was worried that he himself would be accused of racism if he disciplines a problem black kid... that's been the case with Pasadena schools for a long time... and you know what, the administrators and the teachers do in fact get accused of racism when they try to rein in unruly black kids, and so the PUSD continues to suck due to behavior problems.
Good theory, except for the fact that the dean at TCHS at the time was an African American man himself.
Teacher

United States

#13 Apr 4, 2009
Temple City Resident wrote:
<quoted text>Thank you very much. The truth be told. The boys accused of killing Netter were not involved in gangs. The Netter brothers came from Pasadena to Temple City with their gang signs and challenging many other school boys to fights. I drove by them once, and turned to look at them as I heard about all the commotion they had started at the school, they fliped me the finger. They came to Temple City looking for and bringing trouble. Students went to the school dean to complain about them. The dean did not nothing and accused them of racism. If the school and intervened, then possibly a death would have never occured and two other boys would not be spending their lives in prison.
I guess I just don't understand why you'd "turn to look at them" because you'd heard they caused trouble? Most high school kids would flip the finger to anyone who is driving/walking by them and turns to stare at them.
foreman

Diamond Bar, CA

#14 Apr 6, 2009
I was the jury foreman. It was hung.
How do you know they (Netters) were gangsters? Can you point me to verification?
With whom else did they fight? Verification?
TC For All

Pasadena, CA

#15 Apr 7, 2009
foreman wrote:
I was the jury foreman. It was hung.
How do you know they (Netters) were gangsters? Can you point me to verification?
With whom else did they fight? Verification?
A hung jury is disappointing. As far as the Netter brothers being gangsters there has never been a shred of evidence to support that. The kids who went to TC High School with them said they were cool. The Netter brothers were called the "N" word on campus constantly & after months of enduring racial slurs in March 2007 they did have a fight on campus with Christopher John "CJ" Mitchelltree. Students who witnessed the fight said that Mitchelltree clearly provoked the fight. Two months later Mitchelltree was arrested for the hate crime stabbing of a black teen man at Carl's Jr. It is public record on the internet that he was also charged with stabbing two other boys in Arcadia in April 2007 so that tells you his character.Three other TC boys were also arrested for these crimes & they are all awaiting trial. People in TC did witness a fight involving the Netter brothers, Vs Lopez & Guerra prior to the shooting. Ironically the only fights that the Netter's had in TC involved Mitchelltree, Guerra & Lopez and these guys were all known for brawling in TC since 2003. Even if the Netter's were supposedly involved in gangs in Pasadena what does that have to do with the fact that DeAndre was MURDERED in TC and the accused are two local boys. There is a lesson for the community in this tragedy. Listen to your kids & encourage them to tell you about threats & issues that are going on. I am sure that kids have more information about what happened that night but they afraid to come forward. Even the key witness who was with the Netter brothers on the night of the shooting changed his testimony according the news reports I am sure he is afraid. No matter where the Netter brothers came from DeAndre is still dead & his brother & his mother must live with that pain forever. They deserve the truth & JUSTICE. Please pray for all the families involved & the community. TC is a great city & since these incidents & the arrests were made the city has been calm. Amen!
Teacher

United States

#16 Apr 7, 2009
The Netter boys were cool kids. They were well liked by most, aside from the obvious few who tormented them from day 1.

I do not believe they were gang members. They came to TC from Palmdale. DeAndre was a talented artist with a sweet heart, and had hopes of doing something in graphic design later in life.

Honestly though, none of that matters. A boy was MURDERED, and justice needs to be served. I am saddened to hear of the non-verdict today.
clearing it up

Arcadia, CA

#17 Apr 7, 2009
i love how all u people think you know the netter twins. none of you do, if you did your research you would know the guerra family is all from the 43rd street avenues gang. so shove it, and if you hvae done it on chris lopez you would know he has stabbed around 3people, and he was stabbed at the mall. the netter family had moved to temple city to get a better life, because pasadena is a ghetto and he lived there. the family didnt mopve back to pasadena, they are in protective custody scared the guearra family will kill them off just like they did deandre. learn your facts. your guys are idiots
get a clue first

Arcadia, CA

#18 Apr 7, 2009
DeAndre Eugene Netter was a kind and caring person, and a protector just like Dejohn is. one day ihad to walk home and a group of mexican kids were waiting outside of teh school for me, and thankfully DeJohn was there to walk me home along with his brother DeAndre, if they didnt help protect me from around 8 mexicans god knows what would have happened to me. Please people, quit acting like you know these boys. None of you do, phillip was a drug addict that thought he was a gangbanger, casue his family was, and phillip wanted to be in it to from what i understand. so mnay poeple were afraid of them becuase they have instilled fear into all of us that are yung. The twins were not gangbangers. just becuase they grew up in pasadena doesn't mena they were. please let him rest in peace and know he was not a gangbanger, neither was or is dejohn. just stop judging a great person ;like you knew him and his fmaily
foreman

Diamond Bar, CA

#19 Apr 8, 2009
Thank you all!!!!!!!!
I feel much better. I voted double guilty. This adds perspective like you'll never know!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!!!!
And yes, they deserve justice. I'm sorry that the jury knew what they would have said had their brother died in their arms minutes earlier. Sad.
Thanks For The Truth

Pasadena, CA

#20 Apr 8, 2009
get a clue first wrote:
DeAndre Eugene Netter was a kind and caring person, and a protector just like Dejohn is. one day ihad to walk home and a group of mexican kids were waiting outside of teh school for me, and thankfully DeJohn was there to walk me home along with his brother DeAndre, if they didnt help protect me from around 8 mexicans god knows what would have happened to me. Please people, quit acting like you know these boys. None of you do, phillip was a drug addict that thought he was a gangbanger, casue his family was, and phillip wanted to be in it to from what i understand. so mnay poeple were afraid of them becuase they have instilled fear into all of us that are yung. The twins were not gangbangers. just becuase they grew up in pasadena doesn't mena they were. please let him rest in peace and know he was not a gangbanger, neither was or is dejohn. just stop judging a great person ;like you knew him and his fmaily
Thank you for being brave enough to step up and speak the truth. The Netter boys were not gangsters they were just boys who did the right thing and they refused to back down from these idiots. Of course Phillip and Chris and the rest of the hoodlums they ran with could not intimidate the Netter boys like they did so many other kids in TC so they had to get a gun and MURDER DeAndre. I challenge more people in TC, especially young people to speak out about what they know so the truth can be told. Phillip Guerra and his family terrorized so many people in this city. When Phillip was a freshman at TCHS, he and CJ Mitchelltree jumped an 8th grade boy walking home from Oak Avenue Jr. High with a baseball bat for no reason. The boy needed plastic surgery because they broke his nose and eye socket. The boy's family had Phillip arrested and he pled guilty and received probation. After that the Guerra Family (Phillip's older brother Armando is a real gangster)terrorized them so much that they decided to move to Diamond Bar to protect their family. Another boy was jumped by Phillip at the movie theater over a girl. Phillip's mother drove him to the theater and watched from the car as he beat this boy in the parking lot. Kids that were beat up by Phillip and his crew we too afraid to even tell their own parents. TCUSD did not handle these issues properly either. They took the position that these boys were just "wanna be" gangsters so the students felt they had place to go to report all the things they heard and knew these guys were doing. Chris Lopez was stabbed at the Santa Anita Mall and after that his mother made comments in the community that was the reason her son had to be in a gang. Chris even pulled a knife on his own brother over a girl so it is no surprise that they MURDERED DeAndre. If the community stands together we can rid ourselves of these people once and for all. Chris and Phillip always ran their mouths about what they did and so did their girlfriends. Someone knows something. I know people are afraid, even the boy Mikey that was with the Netter brothers the night of the shooting changed his testimony at the trial because he was threatened. Where is the car? Where is the gun? Who was with Chris and Phillip that night and what do they know? If you know anything that will help this case it is not too late, please go to law enforcement. Temple City and The Netter Family need answers and justice!!

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