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LA Officer Quits Amid Probe He Sought Info For Convict

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities and court documents say a rookie Los Angeles police officer has resigned amid an investigation that he accessed a law enforcement database on behalf of a murder convict and reputed gang member whose sister he was dating.

The Los Angeles Times says Sunday that 25-year-old Gabriel Morales resigned on Sept. 2, the same day that investigators from Internal Affairs searched his house and found computer printouts with information on two witnesses in the murder trial of 18-year-old Matthew Turner, court records showed.

Turner was convicted of murder in August, and records say two days later investigators listening in on a phone call heard his father Wayne Turner say Morales was going to seek information on the witnesses.

Wayne Turner told the Times he received no such information from Morales.

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