A 29-year-old ex-con accused of gunning down a man outside a house party in Ladera Heights last month pleaded not guilty Monday to a murder charge.
Tylon Deshawn Geoffrey White, 29, of Compton, also faces one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, along with gang allegations, stemming from the shooting death of 25-year-old Jakeil Reynolds.
White, who is being held in lieu of $4.04 million bail, was ordered to return to court on Nov. 17, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing.
On July 22, Reynolds, a youth sports coach and teaching assistant at a local school, was attending a party in the 5800 block of Holt Avenue, near Slauson Avenue, when an argument occurred and he left the house, according to Deputy James Nagao of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Around 11:30 p.m., Reynolds was confronted outside by the suspect and the pair began fighting, Nagao said. White allegedly drew a weapon and shot Reynolds multiple times. He died at the scene.
White, who was charged with murder five days later, faces a possible maximum sentence of 40 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged.