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One charged in murder of popular youth pastor in Venice

June 12, 2012 |  2:03 pm

A memorial poster for Oscar Duncan.One man was charged with murder Tuesday in connection with the killing of a popular youth pastor in Venice, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

Prosecutors charged Kevin Dwayne Green, 28, with murder Tuesday, a day after he and another man were named as suspects in the slaying of Oscar Duncan, the district attorney's office said. 

A second suspect, identified by Los Angeles police as Hopeton Bereford Parsley, 22, was not charged in the case but authorities said they are continuing to investigate.

Green, who was arrested Friday, was expected to appear in court Tuesday to be arraigned on the murder charge. Green, also known as Baby Skull, will face a minimum of 50 years to life in prison if convicted on one count of murder with gun use and street gang allegations, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Teresa Magno with the Hardcore Gang Division.

Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $2 million.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles police continued to look for other possible suspects in Duncan's slaying.

Police believe that about four males drove up in a white car last week and jeered at Duncan's girlfriend as the two were standing on a Venice street. Authorities say the assailants shouted a gang name as one of them fired a single shot, striking Duncan in the head.

Duncan, 23, was homecoming king and football captain at Venice High School and a youth minister at his Compton church. Police had said they believe the act was random. Duncan was not in a gang and had no criminal record, authorities said.


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Photo: A memorial poster for Oscar Duncan. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times