A suspected serial killer was charged on Monday with homicide within the deadly shootings of three homeless males in Los Angeles and a county worker who was robbed and slain after being adopted to his residence, all of them over a four-day span, officers mentioned.
If convicted as charged, Jerrid Joseph Powell, 33, of Los Angeles, faces a most sentence of life in jail with out the potential for parole, the L.A. County District Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned in a press assertion.
Powell is accused of killing three homeless males in three separate shootings because the victims slept alone on a sidewalk or alley within the early morning hours of final week, from Nov. 26 via Nov. 29, the district legal professional’s workplace mentioned.
A fourth man, described in native media stories as a venture supervisor within the county government’s workplace, was adopted by the suspect as he drove from a vehicle-charging station to his residence in suburban San Dimas, then was robbed and shot to dying, prosecutors mentioned.
A mix of surveillance video and license plate-reading know-how recognized the automobile Powell was believed to have pushed and led to his arrest in Beverly Hills on Nov. 30 as a suspect within the follow-home killing, the Los Angeles Metropolis Information Service (CNS) reported, citing legislation enforcement officers.
A handgun discovered within the suspect’s automobile has since been linked to all 4 killings, authorities mentioned in response to CNS.
Powell was charged with 4 counts of homicide, one depend of residential theft and one depend of being a felon in possession of a firearm. It was not identified if he had obtained authorized illustration following his arrest.
A choose on Monday ordered he stay held with out bail till an arraignment set for Jan. 8, CNS mentioned.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna mentioned there was no identified connection among the many 4 males who had been slain and urged that extra victims would possibly find yourself linked to the case.
“Primarily based on his felony historical past, he didn’t simply begin doing this every week in the past,” Luna mentioned.
As concern generated by information of the killings gripped Los Angeles’ huge homeless inhabitants final week, Mayor Karen Bass on Dec. 1 publicly urged all unsheltered people within the space to keep away from sleeping outside alone. At that time, Powell was underneath arrest however had but to be charged with capturing homeless folks.
“The swift actions of legislation enforcement undoubtedly saved lives this week,” District Legal professional George Gascon mentioned in a press release.