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Prosecutors filed murder charges against a 29-year-old man on Monday in the murder of Jacqueline Avant, a prominent philanthropist who was gunned down at her home last week.

Authorities also charged Aariel Maynor with attempted murder, claiming he opened fire on a security guard with an AR-15 type rifle during a burglary at the Avants home in Beverly Hills.

Maynor is accused of entering the Trousdale Estates home of music producer Clarence Avant and his wife, Jacqueline, early Wednesday and opening fire with the rifle.

The Times learned of new details of the fatal shooting on Monday. Jacqueline Avant, 81, was shot three times in the abdomen after Maynor entered her home smashing a sliding glass door with what is believed to be a stone, according to police sources. Her husband did not see the shooting but overheard an argument before the shooting started.

Maynor, paroled from state prison in September, then shot an unarmed security guard on the property before escaping in a Lexus, the Times reported. When police arrived shortly after 2 a.m., they were reported by the security guard, then found Avant with her husband, who was cradling his head inside their home, sources said.

Maynor was arrested by Los Angeles Police shortly after Avant was shot. He was found in the backyard of a Hollywood Hills home, where he shot himself in the foot in an alleged burglary.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office also charged Maynor with burglaries at homes in Trousdale Estates and Hollywood Hills, with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and with using an assault pistol. long barrel during crimes.

“Ms. Avant was a valued member of our community. Her generosity and goodwill touched so many lives,” Dist. Atty. Said George Gascon. “My office works closely with the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department. Beverly Hills in the investigation and prosecution of this matter. We must continue to work together to hold those who commit violent crimes against our community to account. “

When police responded to the call for a shooting in the 1100 block of Maytor Place in Beverly Hills, they found Avant with a gunshot wound. She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she later died.

The manhunt did not last long. Multiple surveillance cameras showed Maynor’s vehicle heading east of Beverly Hills after the shooting, authorities said.

Grace Campbell-McGuire, 17, was in bed around 3 a.m. Wednesday and woken up by what she thought was her father rummaging in a drawer outside her bedroom. Then came a gunshot, followed by the voice of a man she didn’t know screaming in pain.

The teenager called 911 to report the intruder, and a few minutes later heard the man’s voice calling 911 himself, claiming that someone had shot him.

LAPD agents arrested Maynor and paramedics took him to hospital for treatment for his gunshot wound. Meanwhile, a crafty Hollywood Police Oversight Commander connected the dots to the Avant case and alerted Beverly Hills Police.

“It’s a sad case, and while we’re happy to have an arrest, I feel so bad for the family,” Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook said last week. “So far, the evidence shows that only one suspect was involved in the crime and the motive is still under investigation. Our focus has now shifted from finding a suspect to an ongoing investigation which will lead to a successful prosecution. “

Aariel Maynor, 29, was arrested in connection with the murder of Jacqueline Avant.

(California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Maynor was sentenced to five years in prison in November 2013 for second degree theft and grievous bodily harm, according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Joe Orlando.

Most recently, he served a four-year sentence for second degree theft with enhancements for a previous felony. He was released on parole in September after serving his full sentence, Orlando said. According to the Department of Corrections, Maynor did not have a permanent address when he was released.

Avant served as chairman of Neighbors of Watts, a support group for the South Central Community Child Care Center, and entertainment chairman of the NOW profit auction.

Her husband is a legendary figure in the music industry, working with or advising stars such as Jimmy Smith, Lalo Schifrin, Babyface, Bill Withers, Sixto Rodriguez, the SOS Band and Cherrelle.

Known as the “Black Godfather”, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016 and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2021.

Their daughter, Nicole Avant, served as U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas during President Obama’s administration and is married to Ted Sarandos, Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer of Netflix. In 2007, she described her parents’ deep connections to Democratic leaders, including Bill and Hillary Clinton.




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