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Compton gang member suspected of strangling his Twin Towers jail cellmate

A Compton gang member already sentenced to life in prison for murder and awaiting trial in a second slaying is being investigated for allegedly strangling his Twin Towers jail cellmate.

Jamar Lavon Tucker, 28, was found Thursday morning inside a two-man cell next to the body of William Levell Hansbrough during a security check at the county jail in downtown Los Angeles, officials said.

Tucker allegedly told deputies that he had just killed his cellmate, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. A coroner’s autopsy determined Hansbrough’s death was homicide by strangulation.

Deputies found Hansbrough, 36, covered with a sheet inside the cell that is part of a gang module. Whitmore said sheriff’s homicide investigators expect to present a case to prosecutors in the near future. According to sheriff officials, Tucker and Hansbrough are part of the “same gang” and were listed as the “same security level” and had shared a cell for more than month before the slaying.

Hansbrough was slated to go to trial next month for felony gun possession and forgery, according to prosecutors.

Tucker was being held at the jail because he is slated to go on trial May 10 for the 2005 murder of Kevin Watts. Prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty against Tucker if he is convicted in that case, officials said.

Tucker was convicted two years ago of a murder and attempted murder along with three other men, court records show. During the trial for the April 2005 home invasion robbery and carjacking in Redlands, Tucker pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder. Tucker received a life sentence.

When Redlands police arrested Tucker, they described him as a member of the L.A. gang the 107th Street Hoover Crips who goes by the name “Baby Hoover Ray.” Tucker, along with three other men, carjacked a car restoration expert and then forced him to drive them to his Redlands home.

Once there, the men fatally shot the carjacking victim’s 28-year-old cousin and wounded his 51-year-old mother. They then stole thousands of dollars in cash, according to police. As they drove back to L.A., Tucker shot the carjacking victim, according to authorities. The man faked he was dead and was dumped in Fullerton.

-- Richard Winton

Comments () | Archives (14)

It's too bad we have to go through the long death penalty trial for animals like this. It is such a waste of time and money. We should put this animal to sleep just like the stray animals at the pound.

Hmmmmm, carjacked a car restoration expert, fatally shot the carjacking victim’s 28-year-old cousin, wounded his 51-year-old mother, stole thousands of dollars in cash, shot the carjacking victim, dumped him in Fullerton. Already serving life for this and going to trial for yet another murder??? This guy had nothing to lose, probably killed his cellie for snoring too loud. Why not? Another life sentence on top of the other two??? Going to court just gives him something to do other than play cards in the yard.
Now for my rant: why in the world was this psycho even given a cellie??? what did they think was gonna happen. Dont even bother giving him a death sentence, everyone knows in California, that means you'll die of old age like everyone else. Good job Baca, ya did it again!

Why was a two time murderer facing life in prison (and therefore with nothing to lose) in a cell with a thief who carried a weapon?

Awesome!..He killed his own gangster Homie, How cool is that. Good, now two less gangsters on the streets.

Put them all together and let the coward gangbangers kill each other off!

And how many more people is Tucker going to kill before hes placed in isolation?

Law enforcement hopes that stories like this will serve as a deterrent to crime. What young kid wants to risk committing a crime and ending up with a cell-mate like this? Being killed is even worse than having to be some convict's wife. What goes on in prison is the best advertisement to those who might otherwise choose to live the the life of crime to take extra measures to stay out of prison. Making jails safe would cost a fortune and make prison a viable alternative to working for a living.

He can't be from Compton and Hoover Mr. Winton...

For all the people who bleated and cried about the Compton stereotypes being unfair... here's your answer.

Where was the guy from that killed the two girls in North San Diego County????


hansbrough was a rapper who rapped about life,society,all his fallen peers,and the future, he also help alot of people so to sit and talk bad about him is not right.

love u and miss u forever.

Compton gang member or Hoover Street Crip? Can't be both; Make up your minds.

I agree with the other posts. Why was this gun toting, accused forger in jail with a convicted murderer?

Maybe that fool was snoring, a good a reason to kill as any.

Death row is better than life in prison without parole ("LWPP"). Death row inmates get private cells and more privileges that LWPP.



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