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Three suspects pleaded not guilty on June 2 to multiple felony charges filed in connection with the murder of MTV coordinator Gabriel Ben-Meir, and a series of robberies that occurred in the Wilshire, Olympic and Koreatown areas.
Destiny Young, 29, has been charged with two counts of first degree murder for allegedly killing Ben-Meir on May 8, and murdering another man, Marcelo Aragon, in the Pico-Union area on April 30. The charges also carry the special circumstance allegations of murder during a robbery and multiple murders. Young also faces six counts of second-degree robbery.
Jabaar Vincent Thomas, 26, has been charged with three counts of second-degree robbery and one count of being a felon in possession of a handgun. The third suspect, Richard Edward Anderson, is facing six counts of second-degree robbery.
Young and Thomas were arrested on May 11 after a patrol officer from the LAPD’s Wilshire Division recognized them from witness reports about a robbery spree that occurred overnight between May 10 and 11. The arrest led police to Anderson, who was taken into custody later on May 11 at an undisclosed location in South Los Angeles. Additional charges may be filed later if more evidence linking Thomas and Anderson to the two murders is presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Ben-Meir was shot in the back of the head with a shotgun on May 8 as he was walking to his apartment in the 5600 block of Packard Street, located between Stanley and Spaulding Avenue, south of the Miracle Mile. Police believe Ben-Meir was killed around 1 a.m., but his body was not found until approximately 6:30 a.m. by a resident who was walking his dog. Investigators believe the motive for the murders of Ben-Meir and Aragon was robbery. All three defendants are scheduled to return to court on June 9 to set a date for a preliminary hearing, according to Jane Robison, a spokesperson with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
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