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Joel David Leach, 28

Joel David Leach (2010-05-01)

Joel Leach, a 28-year-old white man, was shot to death Saturday, May 1, in the 1100 block of North Alexandria Street in East Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Ronald Henderson, a 45-year-old black man, called authorities about 2:05 a.m. and said he had shot a friend at his apartment, said LAPD Det. Jose Carrillo.

When police arrived, they found Leach with a gunshot wound to his face. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to coroner's records.

Carrillo said Henderson admitted shooting Leach. He was arrested on suspicion of murder.

On Tuesday, the case was presented to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, a spokesperson said, and was sent back for more investigation. Charges have not been filed against Henderson, the spokesperson said.

Henderson is being held at Men's Central Jail in downtown in lieu of $1-million bail.

[Update May 7: Henderson was released from jail on May 4 after the district attorney's office decided to delay a decision on filing charges. Investigators are gathering evidence in order to present the case again to prosecutors, said Det. Carrillo. 

Carillo said that Henderson admitted to shooting Leach, but said he did it in self-defense. Detectives said they believe there was a third person in the apartment when the incident occurred and are searching for the witness to corroborate or refute the self-defense claim.

The Times will provide more details as information becomes available.]

-- Sarah Ardalani

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