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News Release

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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Brutal Stabbing of 35-year-old William Jennings NR13542ne

UPDATE

Last Friday, December 27, LAPD detectives arrested 44-year-old Los Angeles resident Michael Allen McGilvery, who turned himself in for the stabbing death of William Jennings.  McGilvery, who remains in custody, has been charged with one count of murder and one count of robbery.  His bail has been set at $1 million.  Apparently, after video surveillance footage related to the incident was televised, people associated with the arrestee persuaded him to surrender to authorities. Homicide detectives are most grateful to the public for their assistance with the investigation.



Los Angeles:
On Friday, December 20, 2013, around 10:25 p.m., 35-year-old William Jennings was walking on the sidewalk in front of 3317 West Jefferson Boulevard.  Based on video surveillance from the area, it appears that Jennings was confronted by the suspect and a brief dispute occurred.  During the dispute the suspect produced a knife and repeatedly stabbed Mr. Jennings.

The suspect then walked away from the area, as Jennings lay mortally wounded.

Mr. Jennings was pronounced at the scene by Los Angeles City Fire Department Paramedics, as a result of his injuries.   William Jennings was a Los Angeles resident.  He is survived by his wife and eleven year old daughter.

The motive is unknown.  The suspect and weapon are outstanding.


Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect depicted in the video.  He appears to be a Black male, 30-40 years old, 5feet 8 inches to possibly 6 feet and weighs about 180 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Criminal Gang/Homicide Division, Detective Paul Funicello or Matt Courtney at (213) 485-4341. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.