A 39-year-old Los Angeles man who allegedly forced his girlfriend into his SUV and then drove it into oncoming traffic, killing the woman and injuring the other driver, was charged on Tuesday with kidnapping and capital murder, the District Attorney’s Office announced.
Jeffrey Minifie was charged with one count each of special circumstance murder, kidnapping and evading an officer causing injury, said Deputy District Attorney Efrain Aceves with the Family Violence Division. He is being held without bail.
Minifie allegedly forced his girlfriend, Lilian Janeth P., into his GMC Yukon shortly after 8 a.m. on Feb. 16 and drove away. When he saw LAPD patrol cars responding to another call, he allegedly made a U-turn. As police began pursuit of the SUV, the driver veered into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with another vehicle. The crash occurred shortly after 8 a.m. in the 2400 block of West Sixth Street.
The girlfriend, 36, was killed. She leaves behind two daughters, 7 and 13, and a 15-year-old son, Aceves said.
The special circumstance of murder during a kidnapping makes this a potential death penalty case. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty. Minifie’s arraignment will be announced later. He was not in court on Feb. 21 due to medical issues.
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