10k reward issued leading to arrest of Compton killer
COMPTON (MNS) — Family members of Rodney Donaldson Jr., say he was out for a walk Jan. 2, 2021, at about 8:35 p.m., when he was shot and killed by unknown assailants in the 500 block of North Kemp Avenue in Compton. Witnesses said a 2001-2004 black Pontiac Grand Prix was seen speeding from the scene after the shooting.
On March 18, 2021, Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives announced a $10,000 reward during a press conference in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting death of Donaldson.
The reward was sponsored by Second District County Board Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell.
Deputies and paramedics arrived at the scene and transported Rodney, 28, to an area hospital, where he died several days later to his injuries.
“He was a productive young man in this society. He was a university graduate, was employed full time and had plans to continue to advance his life,” Rodney’s Aunt Joycelyn Donaldson said.
“He had no criminal history,” said Rodney’s Great-Uncle, Isaac Dumas, who also thanked the public for any assistance with the case, and pleaded to those responsible, adding, “I just ask that you do the right thing.”
Rodney earned a business degree from Benedict College in South Carolina.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau is asking those with information to call (323) 890-5500 or (800) 222-8477).
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L A COUNTY DA CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS
Two men get life for killing Compton toddler
Two men have been sentenced for the murder of a 3-year-old boy during a shootout in a Compton liquor store parking lot in 2018.
“The pain caused by the loss of a young child is unimaginable, more so when it’s caused by senseless violence,” District Attorney George Gascón said. “[These] life sentences will ensure these men will never hurt another innocent victim again.”
Dwayne Ward, 33 and Kevaughn Harris, 30, both of Compton, were sentenced to life in prison in the case.
Ward and Harris were both found guilty in December 2019 of one count each of second-degree murder, firing at an occupied motor vehicle, felon with a firearm and attempted murder.
On Jan. 20, 2018, Harris was walking toward a car parked outside a liquor store in the 2800 block of West Alondra Boulevard. Inside the vehicle were his girlfriend and her 3-year-old son Franklin.
Ward was sitting in a nearby vehicle when a confrontation began with Harris. Both men pulled out handguns and began firing at one another.
Franklin, who was sitting in the backseat of the vehicle, was fatally shot in the exchange of gunfire. His mother was not injured.
The case was investigated by the LA County Sheriff’s Department.
Man charged with killing 3 homeless victims
Tracy Walker, 57, was charged in three counts of murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon in the Rancho Dominguez area over the past year. The DA complaint also alleges that he used a knife in all three murders.
According to the DA’s office, the three victims were all homeless. “The heartless and brazen nature of these murders against some of the most helpless members of our community shock the conscience,” District Attorney George Gascón said. “My office will be seeking the appropriate justice given the circumstances and that is why we are seeking a life sentence in this case.”
On or about June 7, 2020, Walker is accused of killing 26-year-old Patricia Loeza who was found in the 19000 block of South Susana Road.
On or about Jan. 15, the defendant allegedly murdered Kenneth Edward Jones, 26, who was discovered in the 20000 block of South Santa Fe Avenue. The victim had blunt force trauma but also was stabbed.
Walker also is accused of killing 30-year-old Cesar Mazariegos on or about Feb. 7. He was found near the Compton Creek.
The case remains under investigation by the County Sheriff’s Department
Cop charged in child pornography case
A Long Beach police officer has been charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, according to the County district attorney.
Anthony Mark Brown, 66. was charged with three felony counts of distribution of child pornography and one felony count of possession of child or youth pornography. Brown’s arraignment is set for June 9 in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
“Any case involving the exploitation of a child is extremely disturbing, but it is particularly alarming when it involves a law enforcement officer,” said DA Gascón. “When an officer violates their sworn oath to serve and protect the community, they will be held to account.”
Between March 2019 and April 2020, Brown is accused of possessing and sending child pornography images through a social media site.
The case remains under investigation by the Long Beach Police Department.
Two charged with murder of youth counselor
Two young adults have been charged with participating in the fatal group beating of David McKnight-Hillman, a counselor at a South Los Angeles children and family services facility, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
“We all grieve for David McKnight-Hillman and his family said the statement. As prosecutors, we will fulfill our constitutional duty to hold accountable the people responsible for his murder and offer the assistance of our Bureau of Victim Services to help his family obtain the support and services they need to address their loss and heal from the effects of their crime-induced trauma.”
Nyier Mason and Keith Lewis, both 19; face one count of murder in the case.
On Jan. 2, Mason and Lewis, both residents of the facility, allegedly beat McKnight-Hillman, 25, prosecutors said, resulting in the victim’s death.
Bail is set at $2 million for both. If convicted as charged, both defendants face a possible maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.