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Homicide Report: 16 killings last week in L.A. County, four domestic-violence related

May 27, 2010 |  7:00 am
Map shows 15 of 16 homicidesin Los Angeles County for the week ending May 24. Click for more details on The Times' interactive Homicide Report

Coroner's officials reported 16 killings between May 17 and early Monday, bringing the year-to-date total to 276, according to data collected for the Times' Homicide Report database. Countywide homicide rates remain lower than in previous years: There were 305 killings during the same period last year and 377 in 2008.

At least four homicides are believed to have involved violence against a spouse or partner.

Shortly after 9:30 p.m. on May 18, Israel Munoz, 26, was at his home in Long Beach when his girlfriend, Tracy Terrie Taylor, 27, allegedly stabbed him, according to Long Beach police.

Munoz was taken to a hospital, where he died about half an hour after the stabbing. Taylor was arrested shortly after the incident and has been charged with one count of murder, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Taylor is being held at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood in lieu of $1-million bail. Her next court appearance is scheduled for June 7 at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Long Beach.

Two days after Munoz's death, Anne Ward, 77, was killed by her husband in an apparent murder-suicide at their home in West Hills, according to authorities.

Police discovered the couple about 9 a.m. after responding to a 911 call from the residence, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The husband and wife were found inside after an officer entered the home through an open rear door. The victims had single gunshot wounds to their heads and were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Shavonna Jones, 30, pictured with her youngest son. Credit: KTLA /Family photo On May 22, Shavonna Jones, 30, was shot to death in her home in Green Meadows. Jones' 14-year-old son discovered her body when he woke up about 8:30 a.m., according to Los Angeles police.Photo: Dejame Henderson Credit: Department of Motor Vehicles/LAPD Investigators later learned neighbors had heard gunshots between midnight and 12:30 a.m., but no one notified the police.

Authorities are searching for Jones' husband, Dejame Oree Henderson, 30, pictured at right in a photo released by the LAPD. Police described Henderson as a key person of interest in his wife's death. Henderson is believed to be driving a 1992 four-door white Cadillac DeVille, license plate number 3CWK822. 

The day Jones’ body was discovered, Sandra Oliver-Jones, 47, was found dead in her apartment in Palmdale.

Steven Estell, Oliver-Jones' boyfriend, initially told police he last saw his girlfriend at her residence the day before, one hour after sundown.

According to the account Estell gave authorities, when he returned to her home an hour later he found Oliver-Jones unresponsive on the floor but did not call 911. It wasn't until Oliver-Jones’ roommate came home the next morning and saw her body that Estell, 39, was urged to contact authorities. Paramedics were called and Oliver-Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.

L.A. County Sheriff's Det. Todd Anderson, who is handling the investigation, said Estell later told authorities that he beat Oliver-Jones to death the evening before. He was thinking about fleeing the scene when Oliver-Jones' roommate came home and made him call for help, Anderson said.

Estell was arrested May 22 and has been charged with one count of murder and one count of disobeying a domestic relations protective order, according to prosecutors.

He had been convicted of corporal injury to a spouse/cohabitant in December 2009 and was ordered to keep away from Oliver-Jones for three years, district attorney's officials said.

Over the week, the Florence-Firestone and Inglewood neighborhoods experienced two homicides each.

The body of Ronald Rawleigh, 50, was found about 6:30 a.m. May 18 across from the 7600 block of Miramonte Boulevard in Florence-Firestone about three hours after residents heard gunshots but did not call 911. Rawleigh, who had been shot several times, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The next day, Linda Newson, 58, was shot to death in the 1400 block of East Florence Avenue in Florence-Firestone.

Newson, a transient living in her car, was working on her vehicle about 8:30 p.m. when an unknown assailant approached and shot her in the head, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Det. Richard Garcia, who is handling the investigation. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

After the shooting, the assailant fled on foot, Garcia said. There were several witnesses to the attack, and authorities believe the shooter was a gang member. Police have yet to make an arrest.

Christopher Moreland, 19, was fatally wounded May 18 while standing on a sidewalk near Myrtle Avenue and East Buckthorn Street in Inglewood.

An unknown assailant approached on foot and shot him, said Inglewood Homicide Det. Loyd Waters. Authorities were called, and Moreland was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he died that night. Investigators do not have any leads at this time.

Andrez Burgueno, 24, was shot and killed Saturday in the 4400 block of West 102nd Street in Inglewood.

Deputies from the Lennox sheriff's station responded to a "gunshot victim" call about 8:30 p.m., according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Authorities learned that Burgueno, a resident of the area, was taken to a hospital by a family member. He died from his injuries at 9:20 p.m.

The Times' Homicide Report provides an interactive map and database of all homicides in Los Angeles County reported by the coroner since Jan. 1, 2007.

-- Sarah Ardalani

Map shows 15 of 16 homicides in Los Angeles County for the week ending May 24. Source: Homicide Report

Photos: (above left) Shavonna Jones, 30, pictured with her youngest son.

(above right) Dejame Henderson, 30.