The laughing ‘killers’: Clowning around on Facebook, the men who ‘gunned down two Chinese USC students in their BMW’
Smiling as they pose for Facebook photographs, these two men have charged with murdering two Chinese students.
Pictures of Bryan Barnes, 20, and Javier Bolden, 19, emerged as they appeared in court accused of killing electrical engineering students Ming Qu and Ying Wu, both 23.
The second-year graduate students were allegedly gunned down during a botched robbery near the University of Southern California campus last month.
Barnes and Bolden, who are also charged with the attempted murder of another man, could face the death penalty if convicted.
Photographs posted on Facebook show Bolden and Barnes dancing and showing off their tattoos and muscles.
The pair, who were arrested last Friday, are said to have been members of a ‘party crew’ called No RespectInc.
Party crews organize underground parties and raves, and No Respect was implicated in a FOX 11 investigation into nitrous oxide-dealing groups, the LA Weekly reported.
Pictures from the crew’s Facebook page show large groups of people gesturing for the camera.
Messages posted on its Facebook wall frequently contain swearing and the crew claims to be fluent in ‘Profanity in American Sign Language’.
Barnes and Bolden made a brief court appearance in Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, but their arraignment was postponed until June 25.
Sources from the court said the defendants’ lawyer argued that he had no time to go over all the information.