The person charged within the homicide of a musician whose physique was discovered final summer time inside a barrel at Malibu Lagoon State Seashore has been charged with a second homicide, dedicated a 12 months in the past in Inglewood, police say.
Joshua Lee Simmons has been charged within the deadly capturing of Anthony Soloc, 50, Jan. 20 at a house on the 2300 block of West 79th Road. Inglewood cops discovered Soloc’s physique in entrance of the house with a single gunshot wound to the top. Neighbors reported listening to a capturing round 5:00 a.m.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives arrested Simmons in October after tying him to the physique recovered from the Malibu lagoon. Simmons was charged within the killing of Javonnta Murphy, who was fatally shot earlier than his physique was positioned inside a 55-gallon plastic drum and dumped into the lagoon.
Prosecutors allege that Simmons shot Murphy, 32, on July 27, three days earlier than a upkeep employee noticed the barrel in a shallow inlet. The employee paddled out in a kayak and pulled the container to the shore however didn’t open it. The subsequent day, a lifeguard noticed the barrel again within the lagoon, swam out and introduced it to the seaside, the place he opened it and found the physique.
Prosecutors allege that an confederate, Dennis Eugene Vance, helped cowl up the deadly capturing of Murphy and have charged him as an adjunct after the very fact.
Joshua Lee Simmons, considered one of two males arrested in reference to the killing of a person whose physique was discovered final summer time at Malibu Lagoon State Seashore, has been charged in a second homicide.
(El Monte Police Division)
Simmons can be charged with making legal threats in opposition to Brandon Grey on the identical day he’s accused of killing Murphy. Grey was taken into custody on the Malibu/Misplaced Hills sheriff’s station on Oct. 5 however was not charged.
Simmons can be the suspect in an tried theft Sept. 2 at Meza Jewellery in El Monte that was thwarted by the shop’s proprietor and members of the family. Surveillance cameras captured the housebreaking suspect round 2 p.m. strolling on Principal Road wearing black and a face masks and carrying a cardboard field. Authorities say Simmons used a hammer to interrupt into show circumstances and sprayed bear repellent on employees.
A video figuring out Simmons because the suspect was circulated by detectives looking for to apprehend him simply days after the tried theft.
Simmons and Vance have been arrested Oct. 3. Two days later, Simmons was charged with Murphy’s homicide, the legal threats in opposition to Grey, tried theft of the jewellery retailer and two counts of legal threats in opposition to the shop proprietor.
Simmons is due in courtroom Friday to be arraigned on the brand new homicide cost. He’s being held on bail of practically $3.28 million in Males’s Central Jail of L.A. County. Vance, who has been launched on a $50,000 bond, can be set to look that day.
Court docket information present that Simmons has a historical past of violent offenses, together with a 2019 conviction for assault with a lethal weapon in reference to a 2013 crime.
Murphy grew up in South L.A. and was residing in Sylmar on the time he was killed, in line with authorities and a household good friend, Patrick Nelson. He was pursuing a profession in rap music and had a younger son.
“He was child, good particular person. He didn’t gang-bang. What occurred to him, I simply don’t perceive,” Nelson mentioned.