LAPD Homicide Detective Reassigned

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police have reassigned a
detective who told a gang member he had been identified as a killer
by a girl who was later murdered by another member of the gang.

Deputy Chief Charlie Beck says Martin Pinner will no longer work
homicide cases.

Pinner and a partner told Jose Ledesma that 16-year-old Martha Puebla identified him in a 2002 killing. They created a page of mug shots with Ledesma's picture circled and a note identifying him as the shooter, and faked Puebla's signature.

Puebla had not identified Ledesma and later testified she did not see the shooter.

Ledesma, however, had passed a tip to a fellow Vineland Boyz gang member and Puebla was shot through the face outside her home.
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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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