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A man charged for the death of Jacqueline Avant, wife of a music icon

Prosecutors have filed charges against a 29-year-old man in the fatal shooting of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, the wife of legendary music executive Clarence Avant, at their home in Beverly Hills, California.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Prosecutors filed charges Monday against a 29-year-old man in the fatal shooting of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, the wife of legendary music executive Clarence Avant, last week at their Beverly Hills home.

Aariel Maynor is also charged with the attempted murder of the Avants security guard, whom he allegedly shot during the December 1 robbery but was not injured.

Maynor’s arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

“Ms. Avant was a valued member of our community. Her generosity and goodwill touched so many lives,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a press release.

Maynor is also charged with one count of felony with a firearm – a long-barreled assault pistol – and two counts of residential burglary in the presence of a person. He has previous convictions for assault, robbery and robbery and was on parole at the time of the shooting.

Police were called to the Avants’ home on December 1 after a call at 2:23 a.m. reporting a shooting. Officers found Jacqueline Avant, 81, with gunshot wounds. She was taken to 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 – to a reported shooting. They found Maynor there, along with evidence of a burglary at that house, 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 contacted Beverly Hills investigators.

Jacqueline Avant was a longtime local philanthropist who ran organizations that helped low-income neighborhoods, including Watts and South Los Angeles, and served on the board of trustees of the International Student Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. .

The Avants’ 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.