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December 4, 2023: Man Charged in Killings of Four, Including Three L.A. Unhoused People

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Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a man has been charged in the shooting deaths of three unhoused individuals in three different Los Angeles areas and one other person at his home in San Dimas over a four-day span.

“I want to extend my deepest appreciation to the incredible men and women of law enforcement who worked tirelessly to bring justice to our community and arrest this individual,” District Attorney Gascón said. “The swift actions of law enforcement undoubtedly saved lives this week.”

Jerrid Joseph Powell (dob 2/28/1990) of Los Angeles was charged with four counts of murder, one count of residential robbery and one count of being a felon with a firearm. The defendant also faces special circumstances of committing multiple murders and murder in the course of a robbery, as well as personal use of a firearm allegations.

Powell’s arraignment is scheduled for today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

If convicted on all charges, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

From Nov. 26 to Nov. 29, Powell is accused of shooting and killing three houseless men sleeping alone on a sidewalk or an alley in Los Angeles.

On Nov. 28, Powell is accused of following a victim from a charging station in West Covina to the victim's home in San Dimas, fatally shooting him and taking his personal belongings.

The case is being prosecuted by LADA’s Major Crimes Division and was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.