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Suspect arrested in murder of Hollywood executive’s wife at couple’s Beverly Hills home


The suspect accidentally shot himself in the foot in another burglary.

Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of the wife of famous music director Clarence Avant at the couple’s home in Beverly Hills.

Beverly Hills investigators identified Aariel Maynor, 29, a Los Angeles resident, as a suspect seen in multiple surveillance tapes, including city cameras, heading east of Beverly Hills shortly after that Jacqueline Avant, 81, was shot dead, Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook told reporters at a press conference Thursday.

Maynor accidentally shot himself in the foot while carrying out another burglary, Stainbrook said.

At around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, about an hour after Jacqueline Avant was found with a gunshot wound to the head, the Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at a residence in the 6000 block of Graciosa Drive in Hollywood. When officers arrived, they found Maynor in the backyard, Stainbrook said.

After a “thorough” investigation, investigators determined Maynor was allegedly carrying out a burglary when he accidentally shot himself, Stainbrook said.

He was taken into custody after being treated in hospital. An assault rifle was also found in the backyard of the house, Los Angeles Police Department deputy chief Blake Chow told reporters.

Beverly Hills police responded to Maytor Place’s 1100 block just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, where they discovered Jacqueline Avant had been shot, according to the department. She later died in hospital.

“Somewhere that night we had a shift commander who started putting two and two together and contacted Beverly Hills,” Chow said.

Police believe Maynor is the only suspect, Stainbrook said.

“Our deep gratitude to the City of Beverly Hills, BHPD and all law enforcement agencies for their diligence in this matter,” the Avant and Sarandos family said in a statement. “Now justice be done.”

Jacqueline Avant was also the mother-in-law of Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos.

It is not known if anything was taken into the Avant house, but the rear sliding glass door was smashed, Stainbrook said.

Clarence Avant was featured in the 2019 Netflix documentary “The Black Godfather” and in October was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 90-year-old is popular with prominent celebrities such as Oprah, Jay-Z and former President Barack Obama.

Police read a statement from the Avant family Wednesday afternoon at a press conference, describing Jacqueline Avant as “a 55-year wife, wife, mother, philanthropist, and resident of Beverly Hills.”

ABC News’ Nicholas Kerr and Alex Stone contributed to this report.

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