Man is charged in fatal carjacking and robbery incidents in Los Angeles area
LOS ANGELES — Three men are accused of robbing a man then carjacking and killing him hours later in what prosecutors allege was a crime of passion that left a woman in critical condition.
Brentley Scott, 44, of San Diego was shot to death just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday after he was returning to his home in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Woodland Avenue in the Westlake area of Los Angeles.
Investigators said Brentley Scott was shot numerous times by the assailants, who allegedly had his car keys and cell phone.
A 29-year-old woman was found shot in her hand and face, and was in critical condition at the UCLA Medical Center.
The woman, who is in stable condition at the hospital, is identified as Jennifer C. Arce, of San Diego. Investigators have not said whether Scott’s death was an accident or whether C.J. would have been charged if the victim was still alive.
It is the city’s first homicide involving a man since the killing of Rodney Groom, who was shot in the back of the head after being dropped off at his Los Angeles-area home, his body discovered on a parking lot in September 2013.
Three other cases in which police believe the suspects were driven by a desire to kill have already been prosecuted by the Los Angeles Police Department. In one of the cases, a man was sentenced last year to 15 years to life in prison for murdering his ex-girlfriend in her apartment. In another, a woman was found guilty of the second degree murder of her husband for shooting him in the head at their suburban house.
In a third case, a police investigation led to the killing of a man in front of a woman in Riverside. The woman was later released from a locked mental health facility after she pleaded no contest to a charge of attempted voluntary manslaughter. She will be sentenced May 20.
The recent spate of violent crime in Los Angeles followed the election of Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2013. Garcetti, a former city councilman who is considered a possible mayoral candidate in 2014, has