Career criminal Aariel Maynor, 29, was charged in the murder of Hollywood philanthropist, Jacqueline Avant which happened early on Wednesday
81-year-old Jacqueline Avant, the wife of music legend Clarence Avant, succumbed to her injuries shortly police found her at scene suffering from gun shot injuries on Dec. 1
The suspect, a convicted robber is charged with murdering famed music producer Clarence Avant’s wife during home invasion robbery at couple’s $7m Beverly Hills home
Maynor is additionally charged with one count of felon with a firearm and two counts of residential burglary with person present
Maynor was taken into custody at the scene of the second home and was apprehended shortly afterwards where he ended up shooting himself in the foot with the same AR15 assault rifle used in the Avant’s robbery
Maynor who has an extensive criminal history including robbery has previous felony convictions for assault, robbery and grand theft and was on parole at the time of the shooting
Cops who believe he fled murder scene and tried to rob a Hollywood Hills home connected the two crimes by tracking the suspect’s car on surveillance footage
Released on parole in September, Maynor served 4 years for a second robbery conviction
Jacqueline’s legendary music producer husband, Clarence Avant, 90, who was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, was at home at the time of the shooting, but was not injured
A convicted robber suspected of shooting the 81 year-old wife of a famous veteran black music producer dead, has been charged with the woman’s murder during a home invasion in LA’s Beverly Hills.
Aariel Maynor, 29, was charged with killing philanthropist Jacqueline Avant at her $7 million Beverly Hills home following last week’s murder, and will be arraigned on Tuesday. Avant was killed while her 90 year-old husband, legendary music producer Clarence Avant, was at home but was not injured.
The suspect who armed with an AR-15 assault long barrel pistol, was arrested by cops after accidentally shooting himself in the foot during a subsequent attempted robbery nearby.
Maynor, who has a lengthy criminal record, is facing the charge of attempted murder. He’d allegedly fired a shot at the Avants’ security guard during the December 1 robbery. Fortunately the shot missed.
Suspect Aariel Maynor, 29, arrested in killing of Jacqueline Avant. Maynor was wheeled into the ambulance after shooting his himself in the foot
Maynor is additionally charged with one count of felon with a firearm, and two counts of residential burglary with person present.
He has previous felony convictions for assault, robbery and grand theft and was on parole at the time of the shooting. Court records show Maynor pled guilty in November 2013 to a robbery charge for which he was sentenced to five years in prison.
In July 2013, he pled no contest to a domestic violence incident and was convicted of felony grand theft in June 2010.
Maynor was seen handcuffed to wheelchair as he is being taken in to custody by police after he was caught at the site of another home burglary in Hollywood Hills where he had shot himself in his foot with what is thought to be the same AR-15 he used to kill Jacqueline Avant, last Wednesday
Police were called to the Avants´ home on December 1 after a 2:23am call reporting a shooting. Officers found Jacqueline with a gunshot wound. She was taken to the hospital but did not survive.
An hour later, Los Angeles Police Department officers were called to a home in the Hollywood Hills – about 7 miles from the Avant residence – for a reported shooting.
They found Maynor there, as well as evidence of a burglary at that home, and took him into custody.
Maynor accidentally shot himself in the foot while breaking into the Hollywood Hills home. An LAPD watch commander ‘put two and two together’ and reached out to Beverly Hills investigators.
Jacqueline Avant, the wife of music legend Clarence Avant, was fatally shot inside their $7 million home in the neighborhood of in the Trousdale Estates section of Beverly on Wednesday morning.
Beverly Hills police were called to the home around 2:30 am Wednesday after a 911 caller said someone had been shot and killed. Officers arriving at the scene discovered one victim, Avant’s wife of 54 years, Jacqueline, suffering from a gunshot wound.
Jacqueline was rushed to a hospital after the attack, but succumbed to her injuries later that day.
She leaves behind a 53-year-old daughter, Nicole Avant, is a film producer and former U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas and is married to Netflix co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. The couple also have a son.
Jacqueline Avant was a longtime local philanthropist who led organizations that helped low-income neighborhoods including Watts and South Los Angeles, and was on the board of directors of the International Student Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Grammy-winning executive Clarence Avant is known as the ‘Godfather of Black Music’ and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.
The 90-year-old was also a concert promoter and manager who mentored and helped the careers of artists including Bill Withers, Little Willie John, L.A. Reid, Babyface, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Tributes to Jacqueline Avant poured in from prominent personalities across the country, including former President Bill Clinton, basketball icon Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, Democratic Rep. Karen Bass of California.
‘Mrs. Avant was a treasured member of our community. Her generosity and goodwill touched so many lives,’ District Attorney George Gascón said in a news release.
The heaviness of my heart today is unlike any other that I have ever experienced in my life,’ and music industry heavyweight Quincy Jones said on Instagram. ‘She was the purest of souls in every sense, & was the Rock of Gibraltar for Clarence, their children, her friends, & community. We are all, every single one of us, better people because Jacquie was in our lives.’
Actor and director Tyler Perry tweeted that his ‘heart breaks for Clarence and Nicole and all the Avant family.’