Man suspected of killing 4 in Los Angeles charged with murder: District Attorney


The man accused of killing three unhoused men in Los Angeles and another victim in San Dimas, California, over a four-day span last week was formally charged with murder Monday and set to appear before a judge.

Jerrid Powell, 33, was charged with four counts of murder, one count of residential robbery and one count of being a felon with a firearm, according to LA District Attorney George Gascón.

PHOTO: Jerrid Joseph Powell appears at an arraignment at Los Angeles superior court on Dec. 4, 2023.

Jerrid Joseph Powell appears at an arraignment at Los Angeles superior court on Dec. 4, 2023.

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Powell also faces special circumstances of allegedly committing multiple murders and murder in the course of a robbery, as well as suspected personal use of a firearm, the DA’s office said.

The suspect appeared before a judge Monday afternoon and through his public attorney waived his right to a speedy trial.

His formal arraignment and plea are scheduled for Jan. 8. Powell will remain in jail without bail.

On Saturday, Los Angeles investigators announced that Powell was the man linked to a series of killings that took place between Nov. 26 and Nov. 29.

PHOTO: This photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows Jerrid Powell.

This photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows Jerrid Powell.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

He allegedly shot three unhoused men who were either sleeping on the street or in an alleyway in different parts of Los Angeles, on Nov. 26, Nov. 27 and Nov. 29, according to investigators.

The unhoused victims were only identified as a 37-year-old man, a 62-year-old man and a 52-year-old man, police said.

On Nov. 28, Powell allegedly followed Nicholas Simbolon into his garage, robbed him of his belongings and shot and killed him, police said.

Simbolon, 42, was a father of two who worked for the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office as a project manager in the I.T. department, authorities said.

PHOTO: The Los Angeles Police Department has released this image from surveillance video of the person they believe is responsible for the deaths of three homeless people.

The Los Angeles Police Department has released this image from surveillance video of the person they believe is responsible for the deaths of three homeless people.

The Los Angeles Police Department

Powell was arrested late on Nov. 29 following a traffic stop in Beverly Hills and booked the next day, police said.

Investigators used an automatic license plate reader system for a 2024 gray BMW to flag the suspect’s whereabouts and used surveillance footage from Simbolon’s murder, according to police.

“The swift actions of law enforcement undoubtedly saved lives this week,” Gascón said in a statement.

Investigators are still searching for a motive and the investigation is ongoing.

If convicted, Powell faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole, the DA’s office said.

ABC News’ Meredith Deliso, Jaclyn Lee, and Christian Calderon contributed to this report.



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