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Family of teen slain by deputy to speak

July 8, 2009 |  9:19 am

The family of a teenager slain in Compton by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy will hold a news conference today to talk about the shooting.

Avery Cody Jr., 16, was shot and killed Sunday afternoon near the intersection of Poinsettia Avenue and Alondra Boulevard by a deputy on routine patrol.

An attorney for Avery's family has said the shooting was unnecessary and that the teenager posed no threat to authorities or anyone else.

"He was running away and he was gunned down in the streets of Compton," said attorney John E. Sweeney. "It's just a horrible, horrible shooting."

Sweeney said the news conference would be held at noon today at the scene of the shooting. Sheriff's detectives have declined to comment on Sweeney's accusations.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz and Ari B. Bloomekatz