Jury Selection Begins for Man Suspected of Shooting 5-Year-Old on Halloween

Boy fatally shot in Spiderman Halloween costume in 2010

By Heather Navarro
|  Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013  |  Updated 3:28 PM PDT
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Jury Selection Begins in Halloween Child Shooting Death

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Aaron Shannon Jr. was gunned down as he flexed in his Spiderman costume on Halloween 2010.

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Jury selection began Tuesday for one of the two men who allegedly shot and killed a 5-year-old boy on Halloween in South Los Angeles.

In 2010, Aaron Shannon Jr. posed for photos in his Spiderman costume when two men allegedly fired shots at the boy and his family members, police and relatives said.

The judge and attorneys questioned potential jurors starting at 10 a.m. to take part in the trial of Leonard Hall Jr., 24, the man accused of firing the shots more than two years ago.

The juror selection process began at 1:30 p.m., and will not conclude until Thursday afternoon, the court clerk said.

The boy was getting ready to attend a Halloween party in the backyard of his home on the 1000 block of East 84th Street in South LA when he was shot in the back of the head. He died the next day at the hospital.

Aaron’s grandfather, William Shannon, and uncle, Terrence Shannon, were grazed by bullets, but the wounds were not considered serious.

Police said the two men who fired the shots were members of the Kitchen Crips Gang, and mistakenly fired shots at the boy and his family thinking the house belonged to rivals.

Both men were charged with murder and attempted murder. Bail was set at $4 million.

Marcus Denson, the other man allegedly involved, was 18 years old at the time.

He is due in court in May, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Inmate Locator website.

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