Orozco, 29, is charged with one count of murder in the deputy’s June 24, 2005, slaying, along with the special circumstance allegations of murder of a peace officer, murder while lying in wait and murder to avoid arrest. He also faces one count of attempted murder stemming from a shooting four days before the deputy was killed, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. Ortiz was investigating the earlier shooting when he was “shot in an ambush from behind an apartment door,” District Attorney Steve Cooley said last year. “As the deputy lay dying, his killer ran away.” The county’s top prosecutor said Orozco was arrested several hours after the shooting. He was found hiding in a house a few doors away. The alleged murder weapon, a .38-caliber revolver, was recovered, according to Cooley. The deputy, a member of the anti-gang detail at the sheriff’s Lakewood Station, was checking identifications of people inside units of an apartment building in the 12200 block of East 223rd Street when he was shot point-blank in the face. The attempted-murder charge stems from Orozco’s alleged attack on a man who was shot in the back while doing yard work at a Hawaiian Gardens home. Orozco has prior felony convictions – for auto burglary, possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting an executive officer – and served three terms in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office. None of his prior convictions are considered a “strike” under the state’s three-strikes law, according to Cooley. Ortiz got married less than a month before his death. He is also survived by two sons from a previous marriage, who were age 6 and 16 at the time of their father’s death. Thousands of mourners, most of them uniformed officers and deputies, attended Ortiz’s funeral at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. – City News Service160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – The first phase of jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a parolee charged in the ambush-style shooting of a gang enforcement deputy in Hawaiian Gardens. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for gang member Jose Luis Orozco, who allegedly shot 35-year-old Luis Gerardo “Jerry” Ortiz of Diamond Bar in the face as the sheriff’s deputy was checking identifications in an East 223rd Street apartment complex. Thirty prospective jurors filled out questionnaires this morning and were asked about their views of the death penalty. The plan is for 30 prospective panelists to be brought in each day this week, with general jury selection scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Monday.