Charges Dropped Against Teen in Inglewood Double Slaying

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Prosecutors announced Tuesday they were unable to proceed with a criminal case against Justin Marquis Scott, a teenager charged in the fatal shootings of his ex-girlfriend and another woman in Inglewood on Oct. 11.


Murder charges were dropped against Justin Marquis Scott, 19, in fatal shooting of ex-girlfriend and another woman in Inglewood. (credit: Inglewood Police Department)

Scott, 19, was initially charged with two counts of murder, plus one count of attempted murder.

On Tuesday, prosecutors announced that based on newly discovered evidence, they could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Scott committed the charged crimes, according to a statement from the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors had alleged that Scott went to an apartment on Compton Boulevard to confront his ex-girlfriend, Crystallyn Nguyen, and her new boyfriend, 22-year-old Datwan Henderson.

Scott was accused of shooting the pair along with Henderson’s 64-year-old grandmother, Dora Lee Dawson.

Nguyen and Dawson were killed.

The crime remains under investigation by the Inglewood Police Department, according to the statement.

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