One of three reputable gang members charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Lady Gaga’s dog walker and the theft of two of the singer’s French Bulldogs was sentenced to stand trial on Friday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Francis Bennett has found sufficient evidence to allow the trial of Lafayette Shon Whaley, 27, according to Assistant District Attorney Michele Hanisee.
Whaley and his co-defendants James Howard Jackson, 18, and Jaylin Keyshawn White, 19, were charged on April 29 with one count each of attempted murder, second degree theft and conspiracy to commit theft in part of Lady Gaga’s February 24 shooting. longtime dog walker Ryan Fischer.
Jackson – the alleged shooter – is also charged with one count of assault with a semi-automatic firearm and a criminal carrying a gun concealed in a vehicle, while White also faces a count of assault by force capable of causing serious bodily harm.
Jackson and White are awaiting a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to allow the trial against them.
The three men, described by police as “documented gang members” from Los Angeles, reportedly approached Fischer as he was walking three of the singer’s dogs in the 1500 block of North Sierra Bonita Avenue near Sunset Boulevard.
Surveillance video from a home security system shows Fischer walking the sidewalk when a white sedan pulls up and pulls up on the street, with two people jumping from the backseat and saying, “Give him up.”
A struggle ensued and a shot was fired, causing Fischer to fall to the ground screaming. The attackers each grabbed a dog – named Koji and Gustav – and climbed back into the back seat of the car, leaving Fischer on the ground screaming for help.
The singer’s other bulldog, Miss Asia, ran towards Fischer on the ground after the attackers’ vehicle disappeared from view.
Jennifer McBride – who police say she found the dogs and responded to a reward email for returning them – has been charged with one count of after-the-fact aiding and concealing stolen property.
The 50-year-old woman, who brought the dogs to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Olympic division, is believed to have had a relationship with Harold White, the 40-year-old father of the accused Jaylin White, according to police and prosecutors.
Harold White, described by police as a documented gang member, is charged with one count of aiding and abetting after the fact and possession of a firearm with a prior listed conviction involving a firearm, according to the district attorney’s office.
Lady Gaga, who was filming in Italy, had offered a reward of $ 500,000 for the safe return of her pets and praised Fischer, saying he risked his life “to fight for our family. You are forever a hero “.
In a March 30 Instagram post, Fischer said he was recovering well from the shooting when his lung collapsed and he had to undergo emergency surgery.
In a written statement announcing the charges, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón called it a “brazen street crime that left one man seriously injured.”
Los Angeles Police said detectives did not believe the victim was being targeted because of the owner of the dogs, but suspected the high value of the breed was known and was the motivation behind the theft.
Police have seen an increase in thefts of French Bulldogs, which have been at the top of the American Kennel Club’s list of most popular dog breeds in Los Angeles for several years.
The five defendants were arrested within three hours on April 27 by agents from the South Bureau Homicide, the Metropolitan Division and the Newton Division of the LAPD.
Whaley, Jackson and Jaylin White remain behind bars, while McBride and Harold White have been released on bail, jail records show.