October 2, 2022
Suspect charged with murder in death of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, wife of music exec Clarence Avant

Suspect charged with murder in death of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, wife of music exec Clarence Avant

A person has been charged in the murder of Jacqueline Avant, the Los Angeles County District Lawyer’s Workplace introduced Monday. 

Aariel Maynor, 29, of Los Angeles, is accused of killing Avant and trying to kill her safety guard whereas allegedly robbing her residence Dec. 1, in line with a Monday news release

Maynor has been charged with one depend every of murder, tried murder and felon with a firearm. He’s additionally charged with two counts of residential housebreaking, per the information launch.

Maynor allegedly used an assault lengthy barrel pistol in the course of the theft and taking pictures, the DA’s workplace said in the discharge. 

District Lawyer George Gascón referred to as Avant, 81, “a treasured member of our community” in the Monday information launch. He added, “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,” Gascón said. “We must continue to work together to hold accountable the people who commit violent crimes against our community.”

Maynor is accused of killing Avant throughout a house invasion Dec. 1. Maynor allegedly broke into Avant’s residence and fatally shot her. PEOPLE previously reported that Avant was taken to the hospital for her gunshot wound early Wednesday morning and later died there.

Maynor was arrested when police responded to a housebreaking name. He had “allegedly shot himself accidentally while breaking into a house in the Hollywood Hills,” in line with prosecutors, per the DA’s information launch.

Maynor was set to be arraigned Monday, the DA’s Workplace said, however his arraignment was pushed to Tuesday. 

Avant was married to Clarence Avant, the “Godfather of Black Music.” She was a former mannequin who was acknowledged for her work in philanthropy, having labored as president of the Neighbors of Watts, a bunch linked to the South Central Group Baby Care Heart, in line with The Hollywood Reporter

She additionally served as leisure chairman of the NOW profit public sale and NOW membership, and was a member of the board of administrators at UCLA’s Worldwide Scholar Heart, per THR