A Gardena man was charged Thursday with capital murder in the shooting death of a 32-year-old barber at the Western Hair Lounge in April.
Mark Lequan Alford, 35, was charged with one count of murder with the special circumstance of murder during the commission of a robbery and the special allegation that he personally and intentionally discharged a handgun, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The victim, Kevin “Quincy” Williams was shot around 4:45 p.m. on April 25 at the shop located in the 6500 block of South Western Avenue in the Harvard Park neighborhood of South L.A.
Prosecutors said Alford and another man entered the business and demanded valuables from Williams.
When Williams resisted, a fight broke out and Alford allegedly shot the victim once in the upper torso, according to the release.
The robbers fled the business after the shooting.
A private party took Williams to a hospital, where he later died, police said.
Friends described Williams as a generous man who had a reputation for giving free haircuts and hosting free barbecues for children in the neighborhood.
If convicted as charged, Alford faced life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.
A decision on whether to seek the death penalty would be made at a later date, the D.A.’s Office said.