Charges of murder were filed against the man suspected of killing one victim in San Dimas and three homeless men in Los Angeles, California, over the course of four days at the end of November.
The 33-year-old Jerrid Powell was indicted by District Attorney George Gascón of Los Angeles on four charges of murder, one crime of home robbery, and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to detectives in Los Angeles, Powell was the main suspect in a string of murders that occurred from November 26th to the 29th.
The three men were reportedly shot on November 26, 27, and 29 as they slept on the streets in areas of Los Angeles, according to detectives.
A 37-year-old male, a 62-year-old male, and a 52-year-old male were the only fatalities named by the police.
According to the district attorney’s office, Powell is also facing extraordinary circumstances since he is accused of using a weapon to commit several killings and homicide during a robbery.
The defendant, represented by his public defender, renounced his right to a quick trial when he stood before the court. Due to the request, the court has assigned January 8 as the new date for Powell’s official arraignment and plea.
The police reported that on November 28, Powell purportedly trailed Nicholas Simbolon inside his garage, robbed him, and then shot and murdered him. According to authorities, Powell was taken into custody the next day after being apprehended during a traffic check in Beverly Hills on November 29th.
Authorities apprehended Powell as a result of cutting-edge technology that notified authorities when cameras detected a vehicle in Beverly Hills matching Powell’s license plate. This information was uploaded into the system in relation to the assault in San Dimas.
According to the district attorney’s office, Powell may be sentenced to life without parole if found guilty.
The deployment of such technology has sparked worries from civil rights organizations over privacy problems.