By Gary Walker
A judge has dismissed the murder charges against Cadillac Hotel owner Sris Sinnathamby, who had been accused of ordering the Aug. 30 shooting death of a Venice Boardwalk musician during a confrontation with a group of homeless men outside his hotel.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden Fox on Wednesday granted a defense motion to dismiss for lack of evidence one count of murder and one count of attempted murder against Sinnathamby, but denied a separate motion to vacate the charges against co-defendant Francisco Guzmán, the alleged triggerman.
Sinnathamby is “absolutely ecstatic,” said Alan Jackson, his attorney.
“We knew from the very beginning that these charges [against Sinnathamby] were patently false. We just needed our day in court, and we knew that when the facts came out the court would see that as well,” Jackson said.
Guzmán, who is represented by a different attorney, remains in custody in lieu of $3 million bail for charges of murder, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
LAPD officers arrested Sinnathamby, 55, just hours after the killing of Jascent Jamal Warren, who went by the nickname “Shakespeare.”
The LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested Guzmán, an alleged Venice 13 gang member who prosecutors claimed was working for Sinnathamby, on Oct. 5 after a nearly six-week manhunt,
Guzmán’s next appearance at the Airport Courthouse in Westchester is set for June 22.
Sinnathamby, meanwhile, “is looking forward to putting his life back together,” Jackson said.
Jackson said restoring his client’s reputation might take some time, given the high-profile nature of the case and the popularity of Warren, whose friends and family held a memorial in his honor on the boardwalk in September.
“There’s going to be some work required to get his good name back,” Jackson acknowledged. “But he’s looking forward to being an integral part of the Venice community again.”
Editor’s Note: Check back for updates to this story, including the nature of the legal grounds for the motion to drop charges against Sinnathamby.