Aariel Maynor, the suspect in the shooting death of Beverly Hills philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, the wife of legendary music executive Clarence Avant, has been charged with murder.
According to Variety, the 29-year-old was also charged with attempted murder for reportedly firing at a security guard on Monday (Dec. 6). He also is charged with two counts of residential burglary and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Maynor will make his first court appearance on Tuesday (Dec. 7) at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles County.
Jaqueline Avant, 81, was shot on Wednesday (Dec. 1). Clarence Avant and a security guard were also at the home during the shooting, police reported. She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital where she later died.
BET previously reported that Jacqueline Avant has been a prominent Los Angeles philanthropist over the decades, perhaps most notably for her work with the UCLA International Student Center.
She is also the mother-in-law of Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos.
Clarence Avant, 90, often called the “Godfather of Black Music,” was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2021 and was the subject of the Netflix documentary The Black Godfather, produced by their daughter Nicole Avant.
The doc portrays Clarence’s life from being connected to Louis Armstrong’s longtime manager Joe Glaser, to his connection to Al Capone who helped to launch his career.
A police investigation is still ongoing.