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2 Wilson High girls arrested over witness intimidation in shooting death of Melody Ross

April 24, 2010 |  3:50 pm

Long Beach police detectives have arrested two female high school students on suspicion of witness intimidation in the slaying of 16-year-old Melody Ross, a Wilson High School honor student who was fatally shot in October.

The girls, ages 16 and 17, are students at the school and were arrested on campus about 12:30 p.m. Friday, police said.

Authorities said the girls allegedly had threatened more than one witness. The case is being tried as a capital murder case and the two teens could face the same maximum penalty as the murder suspects if they are tried as adults, police said.

The teens, who were not identified because they are minors, allegedly were threatening witnesses inside and outside of court, according to reports, but no details were provided.

Melody Ross was gunned down near Ximeno Avenue and 10th Street about 10 p.m. Oct. 30 after a homecoming football game. Authorities said she was an innocent bystander who was killed when two groups of gang members had a confrontation.

Tom Love Vinson and Daivion Davis, who were 16 at the time of the shooting, have been charged with murder.

-- Ruben Vives


Photo: Melody Ross.

Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times