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Bishop David O’Connell Murder Case: Housekeeper’s Husband Arrested Over Fatal Shooting

Los Angeles Bishop David O'Connell
David O'Connell, a bishop in Los Angeles, was shot and killed at the age of 69. This is a representation photo. (Photo by Jomarc Nicolai Cala via Unsplash)

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced earlier this week that the officials arrested a housekeeper’s husband allegedly connected to the Bishop David O’Connell murder case.

In a press conference (per CBS News), L.A. County Sheriff Robert Luna announced that police arrested Carlos Medina, 65, after an overnight siege at his Torrance home.

Los Angeles Bishop David O'Connell

Los Angeles Bishop David O’Connel dies at 69. This is a representation photo. (Photo by Michel Grolet via Pixabay)

Although Luna said Medina is 65, jail records indicate the suspect’s age is 61. The suspect is detained in lieu of a $2 million bond.

The Santa Clarita Proclaimer previously reported that authorities found Los Angeles Bishop David O’Connell dead on Saturday afternoon in the bedroom of his Hacienda Heights residence from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. He was declared dead on the scene.

Bishop David O’Connell Murder Case: Housekeeper’s Husband Suspect in Homicide Case

The Los Angeles Times reported that a tip-off had informed police that Medina was behaving suspiciously after the murder, claiming that Bishop David O’Connell owed him money. 

In another USA Today report, Luna claimed Medina briefly drove a vehicle identical to the one seen in the bishop’s driveway on the day Bishop David O’Connell was found dead. 

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Security footage that showed a “dark, compact SUV” visiting the O’Connell home around the time of the homicide helped police link Medina to the murder.

Luna added that officials issued a warrant for Medina’s arrest when authorities learned that he had departed Los Angeles County on Sunday. 

By 2 a.m. local time, investigators discovered on Monday that Medina had returned to his house in Torrance, roughly 25 miles southwest of Hacienda Park. Luna added that the suspect refused to surrender when authorities arrived in the location.

The sheriff added that Medina came from his residence on Monday and was arrested roughly around 8:15 a.m. 

Luna said officials found two guns at Medina’s house. Detectives will investigate the weapons to see if they were used in O’Connell’s death. The sheriff noted that authorities could not contact the housekeeper, who was not working at the residence on the day Bishop David O’Connell died.

Information was not immediately available if Medina had an attorney to speak on his behalf concerning the case.

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