BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. (AP) - A woman has pleaded not guilty in the fatal Beverly Hills stabbing of her former boyfriend, who was the son of a movie producer.
Takazato was found dead outside his father’s home Tuesday in Beverly Hills’ upscale Trousdale Estates area.
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ A couple charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of a movie producer’s son are scheduled to make their first court appearance Friday in Beverly Hills.
Scott Joseph Barker, 23, and Chie Alexandra Coggins Johnson, 20, were charged Thursday with killing Katsutoshi Takazato, whose body was found Tuesday outside his father’s home in a normally tranquil and exclusive neighborhood where murders are uncommon.
Takazato had until recently dated Coggins Johnson, who then started dating Barker. She told her new boyfriend that Takazato had physically abused her, prompting Barker to become enraged and stab Takazato, prosecutors said.
An after-hours phone message left with Coggins Johnson’s attorney, Bruce Ellman, was not immediately returned.
It was not immediately clear how Coggins Johnson might have been involved and police would not release details.
The couple faces life in prison if convicted. They remained jailed on $3 million bail each, and are scheduled to be arraigned Friday.View Entire Story
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