Posted Jan. 25, 2014
Candice Chanel Bentley, a 30-year-old black woman, was found dead Saturday, Jan. 25, in the 500 block of San Julian Street downtown, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Police responded to a call of a suspicious death about 10 p.m. in a small apartment, said LAPD Det. Brian Putnam. Bentley was dead on the floor and appeared to have been beaten.
Bentley was pronounced dead by paramedics at 10:04 p.m., said Ed Winter, a coroner’s spokesman.
Melvin Deshawn Harrell, a 37-year-old black man who lived at the apartment with Bentley, made the 911 call.
He later told detectives that he had been in a relationship with Bentley for about a year. He admitted to beating her earlier that evening with a wooden slat, Putnam said.
The L.A. County coroner's office is investigating how Bentley died and is conducting further tests, Winter said ...
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