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Suspect pleads not guilty in slaying of youth pastor Oscar Duncan

Oscar Duncan

The man charged with the murder of a popular youth pastor from Venice pleaded not guilty Tuesday to all charges, the L.A. County district attorney’s office said.

Kevin Dwayne Green, 28, is accused of killing Venice resident Oscar Duncan, a former football captain and homecoming king at his high school.

Prosecutors said Green’s bail has been set at $2 million; he is scheduled to return to court July 3 for a preliminary hearing.

In addition to the murder charge, Green was charged with a separate count of second-degree robbery and with one felony count of possessing a firearm.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office and the Los Angeles Police Department said Green is a convicted felon who is believed to be gang member. The case is being prosecuted by an attorney within the Hardcore Gang Division, the district attorney’s office said.

Green, known as “Baby Skull,” faces a minimum of 50 years to life in prison if convicted, officials said.

Police believe about four men 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.

Prosecutors say Green was among those in the car. Police say they believe the act was random and that Duncan was not in a gang and had no criminal record, authorities said.

A second suspect, identified by police as Hopeton Bereford Parsley, 22, was not charged in the case,  but authorities said they are continuing to investigate. Authorities also are looking for other possible suspects.

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-- Andrew Blankstein and Matt Stevens

Photo: Oscar Duncan. Credit: Family of Oscar Duncan

 
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