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Two More Suspects, Including Alleged Gunman, Arrested in Slaying of Venice Youth Pastor

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By Paul Chavez, Venice Dispatch

Two more people, including the alleged gunman, have been arrested and charged in connection with the June 2012 shooting death of 23-year-old Venice resident Oscar Duncan, authorities said.

Suspected gang member Hopeton Parsley, 23, was charged Wednesday with firing a single shot June 4 that fatally struck Duncan in the head after the assailants shouted out a gang name, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Nichole Sheran, 18, also was charged with a single count of murder for serving as an accomplice.

Venice resident Oscar Duncan, a former Youth of the Year wit the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, is shown in this undated photo. Duncan was shot and killed June 4, 2012, in the 600 block of Santa Clara Avenue in Venice. Three people have been charged in connection with the shooting.

Venice resident Oscar Duncan, a former Youth of the Year with the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, is shown in this undated photo. Duncan was shot and killed June 4, 2012, in the 600 block of Santa Clara Avenue in Venice. Three people have been charged in connection with the shooting.

Parsley pleaded not guilty Friday to one count of murder with gun use and street gang allegations, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, on Monday. Parsley remains in custody with bail set at $2 million and also has a hold on his bail for being arrested while on probation for prior convictions. Sheran pleaded not guilty and remains in custody with bail set at $2 million.

A third suspect, Kevin Dwayne Green, 29, was arrested a few days after the shooting. He was ordered to stand trial in October following a preliminary hearing at the LAX Airport Courthouse. Deputy District Attorney Teresa Magno of the Hardcore Gang Division yielded testimony during the hearing from Green’s parole agent who said a Global Positoning System (GPS) satellite-based surveillance device attached to Green’s ankle registered being in front of Duncan’s home at the time of the shooting.

Green has pleaded not guilty and remains in custody with bail set at $2 million. Green and Parsley are members of the Playboy Gangster Crips, authorities said.

Duncan, who was not a gang member, was fatally shot once in the head June 4 about 10:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Santa Clara Avenue outside his home. Duncan and his fiancee were walking up the porch when a car pulled up and started jeering at her, according to police accounts and court testimony. A gang name was shouted out and Duncan was shot.

Duncan was a 2006 graduate of Venice High School and a former “Youth of the Year” with the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. He also was a youth pastor at a church in Compton and was a teen mentor at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. Duncan also was a homecoming and prom king at Venice High School and was captain of the football team. He was known for his singing and dancing talents, especially “krumping,” and went by the name “Choir Boy” as a nod to his Gospel-inspired hip-hop music.

The recent arrests and charges have brought some relief to his mother, Belvery “Nico” Brown-Duncan, said Duncan’s cousin, Lanee Burns, on Monday.

“That they’ve arrested the shooter was important to her, to get the person who actually pulled the trigger on her son,” Burns said. “She is just very relieved that they are getting everybody involved in this senseless act.”

Prosecutors announced the latest arrests seven months after Duncan was killed and the development has given the family hope they can move on, Burns said.

“We’ll never have complete closure because everyone wants Oscar to be here,” Burns said. “But it gives you a little bit of closure that the system does work and people do care and are trying to get the people who caused this.”

If convicted, Green and Parsley face a minimum of 50 years to life in prison.
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