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Suspect in youth pastor slaying was on probation, official says

June 12, 2012 | 10:17 am


One of the suspects arrested in connection with the slaying of a popular youth pastor was on probation for a domestic violence incident when the shooting occurred, the L.A. County district attorney’s office said.

Hopeton Bereford Parsley, 22, one of two men named as suspects in the slaying of Venice resident Oscar Duncan, was charged in January with one count each of domestic violence, assault and making criminal threats.

Two of the counts were dismissed, but Parsley pleaded no contest to domestic violence and was sentenced to 270 days in jail and four years' probation, said district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison.

Sheriff’s inmate records show Parsley was released April 21. Kevin Dwayne Green, 28, also is being held in connection with the slaying and appeared to have no previous arrests.

Police believe they were among four men who drove up to Duncan and his girlfriend last week on a Venice street and jeered at the girlfriend. Authorities say the assailants shouted a gang name as one of them fired a single shot, striking Duncan in the head.

The LAPD did not release any details of the arrest or say whether others are being sought.

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

Green was arrested Friday, according to inmate records, was booked the next day, He was being held without bail. Parsley was arrested and booked Saturday and is being held on $1-million bail, according to the records.


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