The victims or deceased in the fatal shootings are: 1. Jose Bolanos, 37 2. Mark Diggs, 62 3. Unidentified 52-year-old man 4. Nicholas Simbolon, 42 : Man Charged with Four Counts of Murder in Fatal Shootings of Homeless Men in Los Angeles

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : LOS ANGELES—Prosecutors have officially charged Jerrid Joseph Powell with four counts of murder in connection with the fatal shootings of three homeless men in Los Angeles and a suburban resident last month. Powell, 33, also faces additional charges of residential robbery and being a felon with a firearm. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has stated that Powell will also be charged with special circumstances, including committing multiple murders, murder during a robbery, and personal use of a firearm.

During his court appearance on Monday, Powell did not enter a plea and his arraignment has been continued to January 8. His attorney, Deputy Public Defender Carlos Bido, stated that they will pursue a vigorous defense on behalf of Powell and hold the prosecution to its burden of proof.

The arrest of Powell came after he was initially suspected in a deadly shooting during a robbery in San Dimas, east of Los Angeles. Authorities connected him to the three homeless men killings when a firearm found in his car was linked to the shootings.

While the motive for the killings of the homeless victims remains unknown, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said during a weekend press conference that they are actively investigating the case. The victims have been identified as Jose Bolanos, 37, Mark Diggs, 62, and an unidentified 52-year-old man.

In a separate incident, Nicholas Simbolon, 42, was shot and killed at his home in San Dimas on November 28. Surveillance images of a suspect vehicle led to Powell’s arrest during a traffic stop in Beverly Hills.

Los Angeles County, with a population of approximately 10 million, has a large homeless population, with over 75,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Advocates for homeless individuals highlight that those living on the streets are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators.

If convicted on all charges, Powell could face life in prison without the possibility of parole. District Attorney George Gascón commended law enforcement for their swift actions, stating that they undoubtedly saved lives in the community. The investigation is ongoing.

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