A Lynwood man pleaded guilty Wednesday to fatally stabbing a former girlfriend in the parking lot of a Gardena church, where she had gone for a Bible study session.
Kevin Darnell Dickson, 66, was immediately sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison following his plea to first-degree murder for the April 18, 2018, attack on Patricia Ann Harrison, according to Deputy District Attorney Cindy Wallace.
The 50-year-old Lynwood woman — who had been granted a temporary restraining order against Dickson about six months earlier — was stabbed in excess of 20 times while in the parking lot of City of Refuge, the prosecutor said.
Harrison, a mother of three who was at the church for a Bible study session, died early the next morning at the hospital, according to Wallace.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department identified Dickson as the suspect the day after the attack outside the church in the 14500 block of South San Pedro Street.
Dickson was arrested in Pflugerville, Texas, on April 21, 2018, following an hours-long standoff in which a special weapons team eventually made entry into the home, which was believed to belong to his ex-wife, who was not home at the time. He was subsequently returned to Los Angeles County in connection with Harrison’s killing.
“This is a terrible, sad case,” the prosecutor said, calling Harrison a “respected and beloved member of the community.”