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April 23, 2015: Wife of Slain Bell Gardens Mayor Indicted

Jane Robison, Assistant Media Chief
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The wife of slain Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo pleaded not guilty today to a Grand Jury indictment charging her with one count of voluntary manslaughter, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Lyvette Crespo (dob 6/16/71) was arraigned before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Harriford, who unsealed the indictment in case BA435205. Bail was set at $150,000 and she was remanded.

Deputy District Attorneys Beth Silverman and Tannaz Mokayef with the Major Crimes Division are prosecuting the case.

Lyvette Crespo allegedly shot her 45-year-old husband three times in the right chest while both were home on Sept. 30, 2014. The indictment includes an allegation that she personally discharged a handgun.

The defendant returns to court on May 29 in Department 109 for a pretrial hearing.

If convicted, she faces up to 21 years in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.