LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A suspect in the February murder of a man in the Reseda area was arrested over the weekend in Las Vegas, police said Wednesday.
Donte Daley, 39, is being held in Nevada while arrangements are being made to bring him back to Los Angeles for trial, Los Angeles police Capt. Paul Vernon said.
Daley is suspected of killing Matthew Hanna, 34, whose body was found on Feb. 28 at his home in the 16400 block of Gilmore Street. Daley and Hanna were acquaintances through other friends, police said, and evidence and witness statements tied Daley to the shooting.
“He had been shot multiple times, one or more days prior to the discovery (of his body),” Vernon said.
Daley was initially arrested after crossing over a double yellow line and nearly colliding with an oncoming police car, officials said. He was arrested first on suspicion of possession for sale of prescription drugs and cocaine.
“Apparently, Daley styled himself as a bit of a celebrity,” Vernon said in a statement. “The arresting officer was incredulous when Daley asked, ‘Where are the TV cameras?’ then quipped, ‘You know, I’m 187 out of Cali.’
“The Nevada officer had to ask a partner what that meant,” Vernon said. “Translation: Daley was wanted for murder in California.”
LAPD detectives will travel to Las Vegas to bring Daley back to Los Angeles for trial, officials said.
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