On Wednesday, a murder charge was filed against a Gardena security guard who allegedly shot a customer who came to the store without a face mask.
Umeir Corniche Hawkins, 38, of Gardena, did not plead guilty to murder and possession of a gun by a criminal, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney General.
The murder charge goes back to the death of 50-year-old Jerry Lewis, who, according to police and prosecutors, went to the market on the 2300 block on Rosecrans Avenue without a mask and got into a dispute with Hawkins on Sunday.
The fight became physical after Lewis returned to the store, said Christopher Cuff, Gardena's chief of police. Lewis then went to his vehicle when Hawkins shot him, the lieutenant claimed.
Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hawkins’s wife, Sabrina Carter, 50, is accused of having owned a pistol from a criminal once. Nor did she plead guilty.
The lawsuit alleges that the two were convicted in 2013 of physical harm that could cause serious bodily harm.
They were arrested on Monday and are scheduled to return to a Torrance courtroom on Friday when a hearing is scheduled to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to bring the case against them.
If convicted as a suspect, Hawkins could live in the state prison for up to 50 years, while his wife would live in the state prison for a maximum of three years, according to the prosecutor.