A woman was charged Friday with three counts of murder for allegedly killing a disabled man, his mother and his stepfather at a home in Leimert Park.
Nancy Amelia Jackson, 55, faces murder charges and a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Jackson.
The charges stem from Monday’s killings of Phillip White, 65; his mother, Orsie Carter, 82; and his stepfather, William Carter, 83, authorities said.
The bodies were discovered around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday inside White’s home in the 3900 block of South Bronson Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
“Without being too vivid, it’s a case where you have three bodies piled on each other,” LAPD Capt. Peter Whittingham said. “… It’s just a sad way to spend your last days or your last breath.”
According to police, all three victims suffered blunt force trauma to the head, while White and his mother also had been shot.
Prior to the murders, investigators believe Jackson had been staying at White’s home for three to six weeks and that she was taking advantage of the man, Whittingham said.
“(She) found someone kindhearted, a giving person to provide help and support to give her a chance to get off the street,” Wittingham said. “She used that opportunity to manipulate Mr. Phillip White, who as we know was disabled, and take advantage of his kindness.”
Investigators said White’s mother and stepfather tried to evict Jackson.
“Phillip’s mother is designated legal caretaker … and was clearly aware of what (Jackson) was trying to do, and insisted that she leave,” Wittingham said. “As we now know … nobody was going to get between her and a good thing.”
He called the innocent family’s murder a “senseless” act and added, “What I saw was pure evil … that’s what she (Jackson) is.”
Police apprehended Jackson in Culver City Tuesday without incident. Whittingham said investigators had identified enough evidence to conclusively identify Jackson as the only suspect responsible in the case, and the matter has now been handed over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
“Justice will take its course,” he said.
Friday’s scheduled arraignment has been postponed until July 11.