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Loredana Nesci, 47

Loredana Nesci, a 47-year-old white woman, was stabbed to death on Wednesday, July 22, in the 1900 block of Nelson Avenue in Redondo Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Redondo Beach police went to the scene after they received a 911 call at 7:20 a.m. from a “distraught male,” according to a department news release. 

The man “didn’t say anything” during the call, Sgt. Fabian Saucdeo told The Times.

“It’s one of those things we call an unknown trouble call," he said.

Officers automatically respond to 911 calls, so they drove by the residence and saw Nesci’s boyfriend, Robert Reagan, 51, standing outside. 

After speaking to Reagan, officers went inside and found Nesci’s body, Saucedo said. Coroner’s records said Nesci had multiple stab wounds. She was pronounced dead at 8:44 a.m.

Nesci was a former Los Angeles police officer turned attorney who starred in Sundance TV’s reality show “Loredana Esq.” She and Reagan lived in the house together with their young son. The boy was not home when officers arrived, Saucedo said, and investigators couldn’t say if he was present when Nesci was killed.

Reagan was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held in jail on $1-million bail. He was charged July 24 with one count of murder with a knife-use allegation, and is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 12, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Shepard Kopp, Reagan’s attorney, emailed a statement to The Times, saying Reagan acted in self-defense and “is not guilty of committing any criminal offense.” 

“Loredana Nesci was a former LAPD officer, highly trained in the use of deadly weapons. She was also an avid body builder, and was exceptionally strong. She attacked Robert with a hunting knife in the midst of a domestic dispute,” Kopp’s statement said. “While defending himself against her assault with a deadly weapon, Robert tried to disarm her and in the intense struggle that ensued she tragically suffered a fatal wound.” 

— Los Angeles Times staff

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