A woman was charged with murder in the deaths of three people found in a Leimert Park home earlier in the week, officials announced on Friday.
Nancy Amelia Jackson, 55, was charged with three counts of murder, along with a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The allegation made her eligible for the death penalty, the DA said.
Jackson allegedly killed Phillip White, 65; his mother, Orsie Carter, 83; and her husband William Carter, 79, at a residence in the 3900 block of South Bronson Avenue on Monday.
A family member found them dead inside the bathroom on Tuesday evening, according to the Police Department.
Capt. Peter Whittingham on Wednesday said the victims, who had some sort of blunt trauma to the head, were “piled on each other in some way." All of them were shot, the officer said at a news conference on Friday.
The District Attorney's Office called Jackson an "acquaintance" of White who had been staying at the house. Police on Wednesday said Jackson had worked as a "caretaker" for White for around six weeks, and that she had been romantically involved with him.
At Friday's news conference, Whittingham described the suspect as "somebody who's down and out on her luck" who manipulated White's kindness. White gave the woman a chance to "get off the streets," he added.
"What I see in her is plain evil, pure and simple," the captain said.
Orsie and William Carter cared for White, who had a disability, and they were visiting him the day of the killing, Whittingham said.
“Something happened there that made [Jackson] perhaps believe that she was going to be forced out," Whittingham said. "I think that’s what may have prompted the anger and evil that we saw as a result of her actions.”
Jackson was arrested on Wednesday, hours after being named as a possible witness in the case. Whittingham said police had tracked her down in Culver City on Tuesday afternoon, taking her into custody for questioning without any incident.
"They were beautiful, loving, gracious, generous people," a family member said of the victims at Friday's news conference.
If convicted as charged, Jackson could face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to the DA. She was expected to be arraigned on Friday, but the case was continued until July.
Los Angeles police continued to investigate the case.