Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Wanted Murder Suspect Captured in Florida
Los Angeles: On January 28, 2004, at about 8:00 a.m. (EST) a suspect wanted for the 1999 murder of Woodland Hills businessman Christopher Rawlings, was arrested in Hollywood, Florida. Boris George Graham, 31 years old was taken into custody without incident by deputies from the Broward County Sheriff's Department.
Graham was wanted for a felony warrant charging him with murder, kidnapping, car jacking, robbery and felony evading.
Graham and a second suspect, Kirell Francis Taylor, 28 years old, are accused of following Rawlings to his Woodland Hills home, assaulting him and forcing him into the trunk of his 1998 Bentley. The suspects entered Rawling's residence, took jewelry and other property, then fled in the Bentley. Rawling's wife called the police while she and their children were hiding from the suspects after climbing out onto the roof of their home.
Responding patrol officers arrived at the residence as the suspects were driving off. A pursuit followed during which the suspects crashed the Bentley into another vehicle on Tampa Avenue at Califa Street in Tarzana. The vehicle crashed into a tree and burst into flames. Rawlings was ejected from the trunk, and both suspects escaped. Mr. Rawlings was transported to the hospital where he died from of his injuries.
Taylor was apprehended and convicted in August of 1999. He was sentenced in October 2001, to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Along with the State charges, Graham is charged with a federal violation of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He is being held without bail at the Broward county Jail. Extradition proceedings are underway.
This news release was prepared by Public Information Officer April Harding, Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.