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Suspect arrested in Beverley Hills shooting of wife of music executive

Los Angeles police arrested a 29 year old man male connecting with killingr by Jacqueline Avant, wife of legendary music magnate Clarence Avant.

Avant, 81, was shot and killed Wednesday during a targeted burglary at couplehouse in a affluent neighborhood overlooking Hollywood hill in Beverly Hills.

In a statement, Beverly Hills Police on Thursday said Aariel Maynor, who has multiple criminal records, was arrested at 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

The arrest was made as the Hollywood division of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) responded to a reported shooting at a home in the 6000 block of Graciosa Drive.

Police said when they arrived, they found Mr Maynor with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his leg. Investigation revealed there had been a burglary at the house and Mr Maynor had accidentally shot himself.

Images released from the time of his arrest showed Mr Maynor handcuffed and his feet covered in blood as he was wheeled away by police in a wheelchair.

In response to detectives at the Hollywood department, the Beverly Hills police gathered evidence that was allegedly related to his shooting of Avant.

Blake Chow, LAPD Deputy Director, told Los Angeles CBS Local.

Mr Maynor was designated a suspect in the Avant shooting after he was identified through several surveillance videos showing him driving around after Avant was shot.

Police say an AR-15-style weapon was found on him and also caused him to be involved in the shooting of Avant.

Mr Stainbrook said: “At this point we only see him as a suspect, but again, there’s a lot of evidence, so we’re leaving the door open to the possibility that there could be other people involved.

Mr Maynor was most recently paroled on September 1 after serving a four-year sentence for second-degree robbery, police said.

He had previously been jailed for one count of private robbery and grand theft. He will be sent to prison after he completes a medical examination at a hospital in Los Angeles.

Avant is a former model and philanthropist. Her husband, Clarence, a longtime artist manager and record producer is often referred to as the “godfather of Black music”, because of his role in fostering many black musicians.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/jacqueline-avant-murder-suspect-arrested-b1969015.html Suspect arrested in Beverley Hills shooting of wife of music executive

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