Prosecutors on Monday filed the murder of a 29-year-old man for the murder of Jacqueline Avant, a prominent philanthropist who was shot down in his home last week.
Authorities also charged Aariel Maynor with attempted murder and said he opened fire on a security guard with an AR-15-like rifle during a burglary at Avants’ home in Beverly Hills.
Maynor is accused of entering the home of Trousdale State by music producer Clarence Avant and his wife, Jacqueline, early Wednesday and opening fire with the rifle.
The Times received new details about the fatal shooting on Monday. Jacqueline Avant, 81, was shot three times in the stomach after Maynor entered her home by breaking open a glass sliding door with what is believed to be a stone, according to police sources. Her husband did not see the shooting, but heard a quarrel before the shooting began.
Maynor, who was released from state jail in September, then shot at an unarmed security guard on the property before fleeing in a Lexus, The Times was told. When police arrived shortly after 2 a.m., they were beaten down by the security guard and then found Avant with her husband, who was rocking his head inside their home, according to sources.
Maynor was arrested by Los Angeles police shortly after Avant was shot. He was found in the backyard of a home in the Hollywood Hills, where he shot himself in the foot during an alleged burglary, police said.
The Los Angeles County Prosecutor’s Office also charged Maynor with burglary in both Trousdale Estates and Hollywood Hills homes, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and for using a long-range pistol during the crimes.
“Mrs. Avant was a valued member of our community. Her generosity and kindness touched so many lives,” said Dist. Atty. Said George Gascón. this issue. We must continue to work together to hold accountable the people who commit violent crimes against our society. “
When police responded to a call about a shooting in the 1100 block of Maytor Place in Beverly Hills, they found Avant with a gunshot wound. She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she later died.
The manhunt did not last long. Several surveillance cameras showed Maynor’s vehicle heading east out of Beverly Hills after the shooting, authorities said.
Grace Campbell-McGuire, 17, was in bed around 6 p.m. 3 Wednesday and woke up by what she thought was her father rummaging through a drawer outside her room. Then came a shot, followed by the voice of a man she did not know crying in pain.
The teenager called 911 to report the uninvited guest, and a few minutes later she heard the man’s voice even calling 911, claiming someone had shot him.
LAPD officers arrested Maynor, and paramedics took him to a hospital to be treated for his gunshot wounds. During that time, a shrewd Hollywood police chief connected the dots to the Avant case and alerted Beverly Hills police.
“It’s a sad case, and even though we’re glad we’ve got an arrest, I’m so bad about the family,” Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook said last week. “The evidence so far shows that only one suspect was involved in the crime and the motive remains under investigation. Our focus has now shifted from finding a suspect to a continued investigation that will lead to a successful prosecution.”
Maynor was sentenced to five years in prison in November 2013 for second-degree robbery and inflicting grievous bodily harm, according to spokesman Joe Orlando of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Most recently, he served a four-year prison sentence for second-degree robbery with improvements for a previous crime. He was released on parole in September after serving his full sentence, Orlando said. According to the Correctional Services, Maynor did not have a permanent address when he was released.
Avant once served as president of the Neighbors of Watts, a support group for the South Central Community Child Care Center, and as the entertainment chair of the NOW auction.
Her husband is a legendary figure in the music industry working with or advising stars such as Jimmy Smith, Lalo Schifrin, Babyface, Bill Withers, Sixto Rodriguez, SOS Band and Cherrelle.
Known as the “Black Godfather”, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016 and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2021.
Their daughter, Nicole Avant, served as U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas under President Obama’s administration and is married to Ted Sarandos, co-chief executive and chief content officer for Netflix. In 2007, she described her parents’ deep ties to Democratic leaders, including Bill and Hillary Clinton.