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May 22, 2017: Felon Charged with Killing Man in Front of Boy in Long Beach

Sarah Ardalani, Public Information Officer
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A 33-year-old man has been charged with fatally shooting a man in the presence of a 6-year-old boy, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Jason Monroe Daniels (dob 11/6/83) has been charged with three felony counts in case NA106266: murder, child abuse and possession of a firearm by a felon. The felony complaint for arrest warrant was filed on April 21.

The charging document includes a special allegation that the defendant personally and intentionally discharged a firearm, which caused great bodily injury and death.

The felony complaint also alleges that Daniels was previously convicted of having a concealed firearm in a vehicle in 2004, corporal injury to child’s parent in 2007, making criminal threats and assault with a firearm in 2014.

The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department S01 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Long Beach Branch. Prosecutors are asking that bail be set at $4.28 million.

Deputy District Attorney Brian Kang, who is assigned to the case, said on April 19 Daniels reportedly visited an ex-girlfriend’s family home in the 500 block of Cherry Avenue in Long Beach.

While at the residence, the defendant allegedly became agitated when he saw victim William Hayes outside spending time with the ex-girlfriend’s 6-year-old son, according to the prosecutor.

Daniels allegedly exited the house, approached Hayes and shot him in front of the boy, the prosecutor said. Following the attack, the defendant reportedly fled the scene, the prosecutor added.

Authorities were called and the victim was taken to the hospital for medical treatment. Hayes, 38, ultimately succumbed to his injuries, the prosecutor said.

Two weeks after the attack, U.S. Marshalls apprehended Daniels in Las Vegas, the prosecutor said.

If convicted as charged, Daniels faces a maximum possible sentence of life in state prison.

The case is being investigated by the Long Beach Police Department.