A reputed gang member suspected of fatally shooting a youth pastor who worked as a Boys & Girls Club of Venice employee has been charged with murder.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Hopeton Parsley, 23, Jan. 2 in connection with the killing of Oscar Duncan outside his family’s Venice home in June, Deputy District Attorney Teresa Magno said. Parsley pleaded not guilty to the charges Jan. 4 and his bail was set at $2 million.
Parsley, a reputed Playboy Gangster Crip, is accused of being with two others in a vehicle that drove up to Duncan and his girlfriend, who were standing on the street. Authorities say the assailants shouted a gang name before Parsley allegedly fatally shot Duncan in the head.
Duncan, who was not a gang member, was involved in gang intervention in addition to being a youth minister. He was a former Boys & Girls Club of Venice Youth of the Year.
Parsley, along with Kevin Dwayne Green, 29, and Nichole Sheran, 18, have each been charged with one count of murder with gun use and street gang allegations, district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said. The complaint alleges that Parsley, who has prior convictions, personally discharged a handgun, Robison said.
Green, who was charged in June with murder and a separate count of second degree robbery and one count of felon in possession of a firearm in connection with a May 21 incident, is scheduled to appear for a pretrial conference Jan. 28, Robison said. Sheran, who pleaded not guilty to the single count of murder, will return to court Feb. 20 for preliminary hearing setting.
If convicted, Parsley faces a minimum of 50 years to life in prison, Robison said. He is scheduled to appear for a court hearing Jan. 28.