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Prosecutor Says Shotgun on Beach, Bounced Check Are Key Clues in Carrie Jean Melvin’s Killing

Carrie Jean Melvin and her boyfriend were walking to a Thai restaurant in their bustling Hollywood neighborhood one July evening last year when they heard footsteps behind them.

Carrie Jean Melvin is shown in a photo posted to her Facebook page on July 4, 2015, the day before she died.

Carrie Jean Melvin is shown in a photo posted to her Facebook page on July 4, 2015, the day before she died.

When they turned to look, a man in dark, baggy clothing raised a black pistol-grip shotgun. Without a word, he fired one round into her face from about 10 feet away and fled.

On Wednesday, a prosecutor told a downtown Los Angeles jury that the mysterious gunman was Ezeoma Obioha, a security guard at a marijuana dispensary and the owner of a clothing line who owed Melvin money for marketing his business on social media and had developed a romantic interest in her. Days before the killing, Dist. Atty. Michele Hanisee told jurors, Obioha had been notified that Melvin filed a claim with the state Labor Commission after his $1,620 check – for 87 hours of work she did — bounced.

After the attack, detectives interviewed Melvin’s boyfriend, Anyimalik Howell. They asked whether anyone had a beef with Melvin.

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