The daughter of Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts pleaded not guilty Friday to arranging an attack for cash on her landlord over an ongoing dispute.
Ashley Melissa Butts, 30, of Inglewood and her friend Israel Rios are charged with assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, conspiracy to commit a crime and first-degree burglary in connection with the April 30 attack.
Shortly after Butts moved into her landlord’s home in the 3300 block of West 78th Street in Hyde Park, they began quarreling, prosecutors said.
According to the criminal complaint, Butts called Rios on her cellphone and instructed Rios to come to her home, so that he could attack the victim in exchange for cash. Butts then had an Uber driver pick up Rios, 37, and an unidentified man and drive them to her home.
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