The victims or deceased names are: – Jose Bolanos – Mark Diggs – Unidentified 52-year-old man – Nicholas Simbolon : “Man Charged with Four Counts of Murder in Fatal Shootings of Homeless Men in Los Angeles”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man has been charged with four counts of murder in connection with the fatal shootings of three homeless men in Los Angeles and a suburban resident last month, according to prosecutors.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Monday that Jerrid Joseph Powell, 33, has also been charged with one count of residential robbery and one count of being a felon with a firearm. Powell is facing special circumstances of committing multiple murders, murder in the course of a robbery, as well as personal use of a firearm allegations.

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

Powell was initially arrested as a suspect in a deadly shooting during a robbery in San Dimas, east of Los Angeles. Authorities then linked a firearm found in his car to the killings of the three homeless men, leading to the additional charges.

The motive for the killings of the homeless victims remains unknown, according to Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore. The victims were identified as Jose Bolanos, 37, who was found dead in an alley in South Los Angeles, Mark Diggs, 62, who was shot and killed while pushing a shopping cart near downtown, and an unidentified 52-year-old man whose body was found in the Lincoln Heights area.

In addition to the homeless victims, Nicholas Simbolon, 42, was shot dead at his home in San Dimas. Surveillance images of a suspect vehicle led to Powell’s arrest after a license plate reader in Beverly Hills alerted the police.

District Attorney George Gascón expressed his gratitude to law enforcement personnel for their efforts in bringing justice to the community and apprehending the suspect. He emphasized that the swift actions of law enforcement saved lives.

Los Angeles County has a significant homeless population, with more than 75,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night, according to a 2022 federal tally. Advocates for homeless individuals highlight that those living on the streets are often victims of violence rather than perpetrators.

In a separate incident, five homeless people were shot in Las Vegas, one of them fatally. However, Las Vegas police have ruled out any correlation with the shootings in Los Angeles.

This case brings to mind a similar series of stabbings that occurred in Orange County, California, where a man was accused of killing four homeless men between late 2011 and early 2012. Itzcoatl Ocampo, a former Marine, was charged with multiple counts of murder but died while awaiting trial.

If convicted on all charges, Powell could face life in prison without the possibility of parole. The investigation into the motive and circumstances surrounding these tragic shootings continues.

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