Jacqueline Avant Slaying: Suspect Charged With Murder

Avant was fatally shot in her Beverly Hills home on Wednesday, Dec. 1

Jacqueline Avant and Clarence Avant (Getty Images)

Aariel Maynor, a 29-year-old parolee, was formally charged Monday in connection with the shooting death of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Maynor is accused of breaking into Avant’s Beverly Hills home on Dec. 1, and fatally shooting the 81-year-old wife of legendary music executive Clarence Avant. The defendant also is charged with shooting at a security guard at the home. The security guard was not injured.

According to the criminal complaint, the charges include one count each of murder, attempted murder, felon with a firearm, and two counts of residential burglary with person present. The criminal complaint says Mayor used an assault long barrel weapon during the crimes.

Authorities said an hour after Avant was killed, Maynor accidentally shot himself in the foot while breaking into another house in the Hollywood Hills.

Paramedics and the Los Angeles Police Department responded to the second location. LAPD Hollywood Division officers arrested Maynor of Los Angeles, at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, in the 6000 block of Graciosa Drive.

Maynor was hospitalized and investigators said they recovered an AR-15 style rifle at the second home, that was believed to have been used in the Beverly Hills shooting.

Authories have said Maynor has an “extensive criminal record.” He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at the Airport Branch courthouse is Los Angeles.

Avant, 81, who was the mother of Democratic fundraiser and producer Nicole Avant, wife of Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos.

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