The man accused of fatally shooting Clarence Avant’s wife Jacqueline during a home invasion earlier this month has been charged with murder.
On Monday (Dec. 6), the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that Aariel Maynor was charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and felon with a firearm, as well as two counts of residential burglary. The 29-year-old will make his first court appearance on Tuesday (Dec. 7) at the Airport Branch courthouse in Los Angeles County.
“Mrs. Avant was a treasured member of our community,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. “Her generosity and good will touched so many lives. My office is working closely with the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments in the investigation and prosecution of this case. We must continue to work together to hold accountable the people who commit violent crimes against our community.”
As REVOLT previously reported, Jacqueline was fatally shot on Dec. 1 at the property she shared with her husband in the Trousdale Estates neighborhood. The gunman made his way into the home at around 2:30 am and shot at the 81-year-old philanthropist with an AR-15 rifle before bolting the scene. Maynor’s alleged vehicle was captured leaving Beverly Hills following the shooting.
Later that day, Maynor was found in the backyard of a Hollywood home during another attempted robbery. However, he was suffering from a gunshot wound to the foot after accidentally shooting himself. After he was transported to a hospital, a police watch commander believed this case was connected to the Avant case and alerted Beverly Hills police.