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Victim and suspect identified in Beverly Hills homicide

October 27, 2011 |  5:03 pm

Beverly Hills homicides

Beverly Hills police Thursday afternoon identified a victim and a suspect in the city's first homicide of the year.

A woman who was found dead in her home was identified as Cathy Carrasco-Zanini, 58, who lived in the 100 block of North Hamilton Drive, police said.

James Grzeslo, 54, who lives in Los Angeles, has been arrested in connection with the slaying. He was being held at the Beverly Hills jail in lieu of $1-million bail, the Police Department said in a statement.

Officers found the victim Wednesday afternoon when they arrived at the home to conduct a welfare check.

The homicide was the first in the city since the killing of publicist Ronni Chasen on Nov. 16, 2010. Prior to Tuesday's slaying, five homicides had been reported since January 2007 in Beverly Hills, according to a Times Homicide database.


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Map shows homicides reported in Beverly Hills since 2007. Credit: Times Homicide Report