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Man to be arraigned in slaying of L.A. high school football star

February 2, 2010 |  8:08 pm

A 21-year-old man charged with killing a high school football star at a Compton restaurant is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, authorities said.

Arlon Watson is charged with one count of murder in connection with the May 24 shooting of Dannie Farber Jr., an All-City wide receiver for Narbonne High School, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

Bail for Watson was recommended at more than $2 million. If convicted as charged, he faces a maximum prison term of 50 years to life, according to the district attorney.

Farber and a female friend were eating at Louisiana Fried Chicken in Compton about 9:40 p.m. when a gunman approached the table, according to authorities.

The attacker, who mistook Farber for a gang member, shot the football player several times and fled, authorities said.  Farber, 18, was three weeks from graduation.

Farber played a key role in Narbonne's co-City Section championship in 2008. He caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of a semifinal game that took his team to the final.

Compton has recorded 116 homicides since January 2007, according to a Times database.

-- Robert J. Lopez