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Mary Matsumoto, 72

Mary Matsumoto, a 72-year-old Latina, was found dead Wednesday, Jan. 14, in the 800 block of West 11th Street in San Pedro, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Shortly before 6 p.m., Matsumoto’s daughter called police because she was concerned for her mother’s safety, said LAPD Det. Greg Halka.  The daughter said her father-in-law had weapons in the house and that the couple had been having marital problems.

Police arrived and found Matsumoto shot to death in the bedroom. She was pronounced dead at 6:07 p.m. Police believe she had been dead for 24 to 36 hours.

Authorities then arrested George Matsumoto, a 75-year-old Asian man, on suspicion of murder. He was charged Feb. 10 with one count of murder with a weapon allegation and pleaded not guilty, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Anyone with information can call Det. Gregory Halka at (310) 726-7886. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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