19, 2000, age 24
Date of crime: Oct. 29, 1998
Location: 1300 block of West 254th
Street, Harbor City
Victims: Edward Robinson, 22, of
Wilmington; Renesha Ann Fuller, 21, of Inglewood
Status: On appeal, not briefed.
Wilmington gang members Nunez and
William Satele shot Robinson and his girlfriend, Fuller, as Robinson
stood next to her car, leaning in to kiss her good-night.
Three armor-piercing bullets from
an assault weapon struck Robinson. One passed through him into Fuller,
striking her heart and lungs.
Both died at the scene.
Prosecutors contended the Latino
gang members targeted the couple simply because they were black. They
charged Nunez and Satele with a hate crime.
them guilty with the special circumstance of multiple murders, which
made them eligible for the death penalty, but ruled that the prosecution
had not proved the killings were motivated by hate.
2 Men Charged in Shooting Deaths of Young Couple
By Julie Ha - Los Angeles Times
March 26, 1999
Two men have been charged with murder in the 1998 slaying of a young
couple who were shot while saying good night outside the boyfriend's
Harbor City condominium, authorities said Thursday.
Daniel Nunez, 22, and William
Satele, 20, were in jail for possession of an illegal assault rifle when
investigators linked the weapon to the killings.
Each man, allegedly affiliated
with a Wilmington gang, has been charged with two counts of murder,
officials said. They could face the death penalty if convicted of the
The two men were arrested on
suspicion of possessing the assault rifle within 28 hours of the Oct. 29
killings of Renesha Fuller, 21, and boyfriend Edward Robinson, 22, said
Los Angeles Police Det. Bob Dinlocker. The firearm was found during a
traffic stop in the Wilmington area, he said.
and Satele were in County Jail awaiting trial on the possession charge
when investigators, using ballistics tests, matched the weapon--a
Norinko assault rifle banned under state law--with spent casings from
the scene of the slaying.
Authorities believe that the
suspects did not know their victims, who were shot several times at
"We don't know if these guys were
driving around looking for enemies, looking for rival gang members and
just got bored and shot the couple," Dinlocker said.
The case had baffled detectives.
The victims had no criminal background or gang affiliations. They were
not robbed, and none of their past relationships yielded any motive.
Fuller and Robinson had been
dating about five months, their families said.
About 11:30 p.m. the day they
were killed, Robinson was standing at Fuller's car as she started the
engine. They had spent most of the day together at Robinson's condo on
Frampton Avenue, near Pacific Coast Highway, said his sister, Bertha
As he bent down to speak with
Fuller, or perhaps kiss her good night, someone walked up from behind,
police believe, and shot four rounds. The bullets passed through
Robinson then killed Fuller, police said.
Fuller lived with her mother and
stepfather, an Inglewood police officer, in Los Angeles. She was about
to start a new job, her family said. Robinson worked with his father as