A 19-year-old Vermont Knolls man has been charged with murder in the Oct. 18 stabbing that killed his mother’s boyfriend in the South Los Angeles community of Willowbrook, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators.
Maurice Jones, 19, was arrested on suspicion of murder on Nov. 2 after he turned himself in to his probation officer. Jones, who is black, was charged with murder and has pleaded not guilty, according to court records.
Authorities say Jones stabbed James Edwards Bills Jr., a 57-year-old black man, in the chest around 8:10 a.m. on Oct. 18 in the 100 block of West 132nd Street. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:01 a.m.
Bills was one of many transient people who live in cars and trailers parked on the Willowbrook street where he was stabbed, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick ...