BREAKING: Suspect Wanted for Murder of UCLA Student Was Out on $1,000 Bail

The suspect behind the gruesome murder of a UCLA graduate student Brianna Kupfer was reportedly a “career criminal” out on just $1,000 bail.

“31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith has been identified in connection with the murder of Brianna Kupfer, which occurred in the 300 block of North La Brea Avenue on January 13, 2022. He should be considered armed and dangerous. If seen do not approach, call 911,” posted the LAPD on Twitter.

From the Daily Mail:

Smith is a career criminal with a long rap sheet spanning both coasts, and is currently free on a $1,000 bond from a misdemeanor arrest in Los Angeles County in October 2020, sheriff’s records show.   

The nature of that charge wasn’t immediately clear, and it was also unclear why the case still hadn’t been brought to a trial or a plea deal 15 months later.

A spokesperson for Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón, who took office in December 2020 with a vow to stop prosecuting many misdemeanors, did not immediately respond to an inquiry from on Tuesday night.