Compton Teen Charged With Double Slaying of Ex-Girlfriend, Elderly Woman

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A 19-year-old man has been charged in the fatal shooting of two women, including his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.


Justin Marquis Scott, 19, was charged with murder Friday for an Oct. 8 double-fatal Inglewood shooting. (credit: Inglewood Police Department)

Justin Marquis Scott, a Compton resident, was charged with two counts of murder, plus one count of attempted murder, and could potentially face the death penalty, the DA’s office said in a news release.

The slaying occurred around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday inside an apartment on the 11700 block of Compton Boulevard, according to Inglewood Police Department Lt. Jackie Layne.

Prosecutors allege that Scott came to the apartment to confront his ex-girlfriend, Crystallyn Nguyen, and her new boyfriend, 22-year-old Datwan Henderson.

Scott allegedly shot the pair and Henderson’s 64-year-old grandmother, Dora Lee Dawson, who intervened and tried to protect her grandson, according to prosecutors. Inglewood police said earlier in the week that Dawson was 68.


Crystallyn Nguyen, 18, and Dora Lee Dawson, 68, were killed in a shooting that left Datwan Henderson, 22, in critical condition on Oct. 8, 2013. (credit: Inglewood Police Department)

Paramedics rushed all three victims to the hospital in critical condition. Nguyen and Dawson were later announced as dead, while Henderson, who was hit with two gunshots, survived the attack, the DA’s office and Inglewood Police Department confirmed.

Scott was first detained by police Wednesday as a person of interest in the shooting. His arraignment is set for Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Los Angeles Superior Court, authorities said.

Dawson’s daughter and Henderson’s mother, Shamika Shoels, was raising money for the victims’ funerals and burials, as well as her injured son’s hospital expenses. To donate, visit her page.

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