A transient was charged Thursday with murder for the beating of an 84-year-old man in downtown Los Angeles who died nine days after the apparently random attack.
LaFawn Parker, 46, was scheduled to be arraigned May 25 on the murder charge stemming from Dong Yul Lee’s death, according to Greg Risling of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Parker initially was charged with attempted murder and pleaded not guilty April 12 to that count, but Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Sergio C. Tapia II told Parker then that “there may be an amended complaint” by the time he made his next court appearance.
The beating took place about 3:30 p.m. April 2 near Grand and Olive streets, according to the watch commander at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Station.
Parker, who police described as a transient, allegedly walked up to the victim and beat and kicked him before being pepper-sprayed by a security guard and taken into custody. Lee died nine days later.
Parker’s bail was increased from $1 million to $2 million as a result of the murder charge being filed.
— Wire reports