BEL AIR—A 31-year-old man pleaded not guilty to the murder of a Beverly Crest man on April 15.
Gerson Sanchez entered his plea of not guilty to one count of murder, according to Greg Risling of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Sanchez is currently being held without bail while awaiting a preliminary hearing set for May 7.
He was arrested on April 14 for the murder of 28-year-old Angelo Armani Eppolito-Autry. According to a news release from the LAPD, residents from the 10000 block of Westwanda Drive heard gunshots around 3:30 p.m. on April 12. Officers responded to a call of a homicide around 3:55 p.m. after a co-worker of Eppolito-Autry found the body of the deceased at his residence. After officers established a crime scene, personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department arrived and pronounced Eppolito-Autry dead at the scene.
Investigators were able to find and arrest Sanchez in Lakewood, who was then held on a bail of $1 million before his arraignment on Tuesday. Sanchez was reportedly a co-worker of Eppolito-Autry, and the two men were having an on-going dispute over money prior to the murder.
The case is being investigated by West Bureau Homicide detectives, and they are seeking more information about the murder. People who have information to share can contact investigators at 213-382-9470. Calls made during non-business hours can be placed at 877-527-3247, while anonymous tips can be left at 800-888-8477.