The alleged killer of Jacqueline Avant failed in the justice system, says DA George Gascon of Los Angeles

The alleged killer of Jacqueline Avant, the wife of music director and Clarence Avant, who was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, failed in a rigorous approach to crime that focuses only on incarceration and not the root causes of crime, Los Angeles County. District attorney George Gascon said.

Aariel Maynor is charged with murder, attempted murder and burglary, and a crime in the possession of a gun for the alleged murder and failed burglary of another home in Avant’s Beverly Hills home on December 1, where police say he accidentally shot himself in the leg.

According to the court, Maynor, 29, was on parole at the time of the murder and has an extensive criminal record. He pleaded guilty to robbery in 2013 and was sentenced to five years in prison. He did not dispute a case of domestic violence in July 2013 and was convicted of major theft in 2010.


Los Angeles DA George Gascon said Aariel Maynor, the man accused of the murder of Jacqueline Avant, failed in the justice system.
(California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and AP)

He was released on parole in July 2018, but was sentenced in November of the same year to four years in prison for robbery, to which was added a previously convicted criminal. He was released on 1 September.

“As far as we can see, he never received any meaningful intervention that could have helped him put his life on a new path,” Gascon told reporters on Wednesday. “The one who would have prevented a terrible tragedy from happening.”

The remarks came when the chief prosecutor defended his policy of criticizing the crime of another recall attempt and his office.

After taking a moment of silence for Avant, 81, Gascon noted that Maynor was found with an AR-15 rifle at the scene of the second robbery, according to police.

“I am angry at the system that allows a disturbed young man with proven violent behavior to cycle into and out of prison with little or no significant intervention to gain access to an army-style AR-15 gun and go out to kill Jacqueline Avant,” he said.

Jacqueline Avant on the left and Clarence Avant will perform at the 11th Annual AAFCA Awards in Los Angeles on January 22, 2020. She was shot dead in Beverly Hills, California.

Jacqueline Avant on the left and Clarence Avant will perform at the 11th Annual AAFCA Awards in Los Angeles on January 22, 2020. She was shot dead in Beverly Hills, California.

Maynor was arrested hours after he is alleged to have killed Avant, a local philanthropist who supported many things in Los Angeles. She and her husband regarded many celebrities and political figures, including former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, as friends.

In addition to social affairs, Avant served on the boards of several organizations focused on the preservation of the visual arts. The Avant family has announced the Jacqueline Avant Memorial Fund for the new MLK Children’s Center in South Los Angeles.

In their statement, the Avant and Sarandos families praised audiences for “pouring out love and support” around the world.

“We ask that you give us time and space to mourn as a family and keep us in your thoughts and prayers,” the message says. “We thank you in advance for respecting our privacy during this difficult time.”

Broken window in Clarence Avant's wife's murder home on December 1, 2021 (APEX / MEGA

Broken window in Clarence Avant’s wife’s murder home on December 1, 2021 (APEX / MEGA
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Avant’s daughter Nicole, a former U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas, is married to Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s CEO and content director.