RALEIGH — A jury will decide next week whether George Young gunned down and killed a Holly Springs teenager in what has been described as a gang-related killing.
Young, 23, is facing a second-degree murder charge in connection with the June 4, 2006, slaying of Douglas Jamal "D.J." Mangum, 18. Young has been on trial all this week.
Jeff Cruden, Wake assistant district attorney, thinks Young, a member of the Crips gang, shot Mangum because the youth was wearing a red sweatshirt in a neighborhood known to be home to Bloods gang members. The Bloods are a street gang associated with the color red and traditionally a rival of the Crips.
Mangum was not a gang member and just happened to be wearing red the night he stepped out on his Holly Springs porch for a breath of fresh air, his family testified.
Young took the stand in his own defense, telling jurors a friend of his killed Mangum. He also denied that he was a gang member.