Los Angeles police say they have determined the suspect wanted in the fatal stabbing of UCLA graduate student Brianna Kupfer. LAPD named 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith as the suspect. Authorities say Smith was shown in a security footage buying a vape pen no less than 30 minutes after allegedly murdering Kupfer.
Authorities confirm that Smith is a career criminal and is free on a $1,000 bond from a misdemeanor arrest in LA County in Oct. 2020. Court records also show that Smith is free on a $50,000 bond in Charleston, South Carolina. This was related to a 2019 arrest on allegedly firing a weapon into a vehicle that was occupied.
LA County’s District Attorney George Gascon has faced increased scrutiny for his progressive directives. Critics say his policies have emboldened criminals and have led to more crime. Some of his orders included zero-bail and the elimination of sentence enhancement charges. Gascon vowed to stop prosecuting many misdemeanors when he took office in 2020.
Orange County candidate for Attorney General, Peter Hardin, has been accused of being cut from the same cloth as Gascon. In addition to this, reports show Hardin has been accused of engaging in numerous inappropriate sexual behavior while serving as a prosecutor.