Man accused of shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker mistakenly released

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – Authorities are looking for a man arrested for his alleged role in the murder of Lady Gaga’s dog walker and the theft of her French bulldogs last year.

The suspect, James Howard Jackson, was in custody for attempted murder but was mistakenly released on Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.

James Jackson is charged with attempted murder after the armed robbery of Lady Gaga’s dog walker in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

He was in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center just a day before he was mistakenly released due to a “clerical error”, the sheriff’s department said.

“Mr. Jackson has been arraigned on a superseding indictment filed in court under a new case number,” said the The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office wrote in a statement to Nexstar’s KTLA. “The former case was later dismissed by a judge as required by law.”

It is unclear what the new indictment is.

Anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at (213) 229-1850.

The pop singer’s dog walker was shot while walking three of his dogs in Hollywood on Feb. 25, 2021.

Several people were involved in the attack, authorities said. A car had pulled up in front of the dog walker near Sunset Boulevard that evening and two men got out. Jackson is the one charged with firing the single shot that landed the victim in hospital before fleeing with two dogs, the Associated Press reported. The third dog had run away.

The district attorney’s office said Jackson, Jaylin White and Lafayette Whaley were charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree robbery. The Los Angeles Police Department said the trio were documented gang members.

A woman identified as Jennifer McBride then returned the two dogs safely to a Los Angeles police station. She turned out to be in a relationship with the father of one of the suspects, identified as Harold White. Both the father and McBride were charged as an afterthought accessory to attempted murder, according to the prosecutor.

Gaga’s dog walker survived the attack.


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