Two men were charged on Tuesday for allegedly murdering a victim on Oct. 30 outside a nightclub on Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood.
Dietrich Canterberry, 34, and Cordell Shields, 35, were each charged with one count of murder. Shields also faces one count each of assault by means of force likely to cause bodily injury and battery. Canterberry is an Anaheim resident. Authorities did not disclose where Shields resides or where he was arrested.
The murder occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. outside Couture at 1643 N. Cahuenga Blvd. As patrons were leaving the nightclub, two women became involved in an argument. Shields is accused of hitting one of the women in the face as she got into her car.
The woman’s brother witnessed the attack and ran toward the assailant. A fight ensued, and authorities contend that Shields and Canterberry punched and kicked the man until he was unconscious.
Witnesses notified patrol officers nearby, and they found the victim unconscious on the ground. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. The decedent was identified as Devion Jelkes, 29, of Los Angeles.
Witnesses told authorities that one of the men boarded a party bus that left the scene minutes earlier. Officers pulled the bus over a short distance away and arrested Canterberry.
The murder was the second violent incident to occur outside a Hollywood nightclub in the last three weeks. On Oct. 10, a man was shot and wounded outside the Tiffany’s on Vine nightclub, located on Vine Street just north of Hollywood Boulevard. The shooting also occurred following an argument between two women. The victim in that incident survived but is being held in connection with a murder in South Los Angeles. Police said the incident was possibly gang-related. The gunman, who is still being sought, was described as a black man in his 20s.
Lt. Richard Gabaldon, of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division, said the incident outside Couture directly stemmed from the argument between the women and the fact Shields allegedly punched one of the women in the face.
“This year, we have seen a slight increase in violence when the clubs let out. We have had seven homicides for the year and about half were related to situations like this,” Gabaldon said. “It was not gang-related, but when the clubs let out, sometimes you have disputes that result in fights. We have been deploying [officers] more heavily between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m.”
A special investigative unit was also formed at the Hollywood Division in September to combat violent crime in the Hollywood Entertainment District. The LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide Unit investigated the murder on Oct. 30.
Numerous people were outside Couture when the fight occurred. The nightclub is not known for being a problem location, said Det. Steven Katz, with the West Bureau Homicide Unit. Shields faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted. Canterberry faces a 25 years to life sentence.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide Unit at (213)382-9470.
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