Authorities have arrested and charged a person accused of killing the brother of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas 36 years in the past in South L.A., the district lawyer’s workplace confirmed Wednesday.
Michael Anthony Locklin, sixty one, was charged final week with the 1981 homicide of Michael Thomas, in response to a felony grievance filed in courtroom. The grievance alleges Locklin killed Thomas throughout a theft.
Greg Risling, a spokesman for the district lawyer’s workplace, confirmed the sufferer was Ridley-Thomas’ brother.
Locklin is scheduled to be arraigned later this month, Risling stated. Jail data confirmed he was being held with out bail.
Thomas was killed a decade earlier than his brother was first elected to public workplace. Ridley-Thomas — one of many space’s most outstanding political figures, who served stints on the Los Angeles Metropolis Council and within the state Meeting and Senate — couldn’t be reached late Wednesday for remark.
Police say his brother was stabbed a number of occasions. Investigators had recognized Locklin as a “individual of curiosity” by 1989 however didn’t have sufficient proof to file costs, stated LAPD Capt. Peter Whittingham, who oversees the division’s South Bureau Murder Division. Locklin was by then serving jail time for sexually assaulting a minor, he stated.
The killing was considered one of many who drew recent consideration just lately after Whittingham’s unit doubled the variety of detectives engaged on chilly instances, he stated. Investigators reexamined blood that had been discovered on the crime scene, and DNA exams confirmed that it matched Locklin’s, Whittingham stated.
He stated Locklin knew the sufferer from at the very least one or two prior contacts.
Thomas’ demise made little information on the time. The Los Angeles Sentinel revealed a 4-sentence information temporary shortly after the killing.
Thomas’ household had discovered the 37-yr-previous’s physique in his West Santa Barbara Avenue house on a Sunday afternoon, in accordance with the Aug. 20, 1981, story. The LAPD stated then that Thomas had apparently been lifeless for a number of days, as his physique was partly decomposed.
An LAPD sergeant advised the newspaper that Thomas might have been a sufferer of burglars. The sergeant “refused additional touch upon the case, saying it will jeopardize the investigation into it,” the paper added.
Locklin has a previous felony historical past.
He’s described as a “excessive-danger” intercourse offender on the state’s Megan’s Regulation web site, which listed a number of 1987 convictions for rape, sexual penetration of a sufferer with a overseas object, and tried sodomy and oral copulation.
San Bernardino County courtroom data confirmed Locklin pleaded no contest to failing to register as a intercourse offender in 2009. On-line data confirmed he had been charged in Los Angeles County in 1983 and 1987, although particulars about these instances weren’t instantly obtainable.