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'Law & Order Los Angeles' to base episode on Ronni Chasen murder [Updated]

March 18, 2011 |  3:45 pm

Ronnie NBC's "Law & Order: Los Angeles" is currently filming an episode based on the murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen.

The episode, titled "Benedict Canyon," revolves around the slaying of a Hollywood stylist in what initially seems like a robbery gone bad. The case turns out to be a murder for hire, propelled by dark family secrets from the past.

The installment, which will likely air in May, features JoBeth Williams as the mother of the victim, and Jeff Fahey as a suspect.

Spokespeople for the series stressed that the episode, like all installments in the "Law & Order" franchise, is fiction.

Chasen, a respected industry publicist, was killed Nov. 16 as she drove home on Sunset Boulevard from the Hollywood premiere of "Burlesque." Police described the murder as a botched robbery committed by a petty crook, who they identified as Harold Martin Smith. He committed suicide when police attempted to question him.

-- Greg Braxton

[UPDATED at 4:13 pm] "Law & Order: Los Angeles" returns to NBC on April 11 with a two-hour installment at 9 p.m. The series will regularly air on Mondays at 10 p.m.

Photo: Ronni Chasen. Credit: Chasen & Co.