DATE: December 4, 2015
CASE: Salvador Martinez, James Wallace & Tana Dania
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Casey Newton, Gangs & Hate Crimes Unit
Twenty-year-old Salvador Martinez was convicted by jury of murder. The jury also found true the allegation that Martinez personally used a firearm causing death. Thirty-year-old James Wallace was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Close to midnight on July 12, 2014, Tyrell Hall went to the Hookah Lounge on Fulton Avenue with several friends, including Martinez. When his group of friends began arguing with other people in the lounge, they were escorted outside of the establishment along with the other individuals involved. Once outside, the dispute escalated into a fistfight and then a gunfight among several people, including Martinez, Dania, and Wallace. Martinez was the first to shoot, setting off the gunfight. Mr. Hall was hit by gunfire, killing him.
Twenty-four-year-old Tana Dania was acquitted of murder with the use of a firearm allegation.
Martinez faces a sentence of 40 years to life in prison. Wallace has a prior 2004 strike conviction for assault with a deadly weapon. He faces a sentence of 6 years in prison. Sentencing is set for January 8, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. in Department 27 before the Honorable Delbert Oros.
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