WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Gardena market security guard Umeir Hawkins was charged with murder after allegedly shooting store visitor Jeremy Lewis on Sunday after entering without a mask.
- Hawkin’s wife, Sabrina Carter, was also implicated in the case with her alleged participation of pointing a gun at Lewis.
- The couple was arrested on Monday and pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday.
A security guard in the Gardena market in California was charged with murder after an altercation with a man with no face mask.
According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the 32-year-old guard named Umeir Hawkins, was on his duty in Gardena market Sunday when he got into a verbal scuffle with a 50-year-old man named Jerry Lewis.
Lewis entered the store without a mask which sparked the fight that resulted into his killing.
Cops told the local CBS that Lewis dropped by the store while waiting for a tow truck to fix the flat tires of his car.
After the argument, Lewis left the store and returned where he and Hawkins have gone into a physical brawl. According to the prosecutors, Hawkins allegedly drew his gun and shot Lewis as he walked away after their fight. Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene.
The local station also reported that Sabrina Carter, Hawkin’s wife, played a role in the fatal death of Lewis. Carter was staying in the parking lot waiting for her husband to finish his shift.
As the fight broke out, Carter allegedly went inside the store, held a gun and pointed it at Lewis and other customers, but did not shoot, police told CBS local.
According to the prosecution, the couple was convicted in 2013 for assault through force likely to produce great bodily injury.
Aside from facing one count of murder, Hawkins will face one count of possession of a handgun by a felon alongside his wife Carter. They were arrested by the police on Monday.
Bail for Hawkins was set at $1 million and faces up to life imprisonment while Carter will face three years in jail, with her bail set at $30,000. Both pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday.
Based on the state’s ordinance, all people must wear a mask in public places.
Source: New York Post