Social justice charity founder killed in LA home invasion

Prosecutors say Michael Latt targetted because he was friend of woman allegedly stalked by suspect

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Thursday 30 November 2023 22:43 GMT
<p>Michael Latt, a film marketing consultant with Hollywood ties, died on Monday</p>

Michael Latt, a film marketing consultant with Hollywood ties, died on Monday

A Hollywood social justice advocate was shot and killed inside his Los Angeles home by a suspect who targetted him because he was a friend of a film director she was accused of stalking, say officials.

Michael Latt, a 33-year-old movie marketing consultant, died on Monday after the female suspect entered his home and reportedly shot him in the head.

Authorities say that officers arrested Jameelah Elena Michl, 36, who lives in her car and prosecutors have charged her with murder and burglary.

“Michl allegedly went to the victim’s residence on the 900 block of Alandele Avenue after she targeted him for being friends with a woman she had been stalking,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement on Thursday.

“She allegedly knocked on the door, forcing herself into the residence once it was opened by one of the occupants.

Michelle Satter, AV Rockwell, and Michael Latt attend the 2023 Sundance Film Festival ‘A Thousand And One’ Premiere at The Ray Theatre on January 22, 2023 in Park City, Utah.

“Michl, who was allegedly armed with a semi-automatic handgun, shot and killed the victim inside of the home.”

Court filings from June state that Ms Michl had worked as an extra in her movie A Thousand and One, and after production on the movie ended she allegedly began to stalk Ms Rockwell.

The director stated in court papers that when she did not pursue a personal relationship with Ms Michl, the suspect delivered hand-written letters to her home threatening to harm herself.

“My Glock is loaded as I write this,” said one letter, according to the newspaper. “One pull of the trigger and I’ll be free.”

The suspect was taken into custody after the shooting in the 900 block of Alandele Avenue in the Mid-City area of the city and is being held on $3m bail.

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