SANTA MONICA, California — A homeless woman has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting and killing a Hollywood music producer while he sat in his car, police announced. The incident, which took place on 29th Street on January 25, has shocked the Santa Monica community and left them searching for answers.
The victim, identified as William James Edwards III, 46, was found in “grave condition” when officers responded to a call of shots fired. Despite being rushed to a nearby hospital, Edwards tragically succumbed to his injuries. Police later arrested Kayla Delise Mackie, 27, who is described as “currently experiencing homelessness.”
Mackie was taken into custody the following day in West Los Angeles and was found to be wanted for armed robbery and attempted homicide in Los Angeles. The motive for the shooting is still unclear, and authorities are continuing their investigation.
Santa Monica Mayor Phil Brock expressed his shock and condolences in a statement, calling the killing “senseless.” He acknowledged the pain felt by Edwards’ loved ones and the community as a whole, emphasizing that nothing can take away the pain brought by this incident.
Edwards, a well-known music producer in Los Angeles, had worked with popular rappers Travis Scott and Lil Cobaine. He was also involved in the production of the 2018 movie “Haunting on Fraternity Row” and two short films.
Kayla Delise Mackie is currently being held on a $2 million bond at the Century Regional Detention Facility. This tragic incident follows another recent case in which a homeless woman was charged with killing social justice advocate Michael Latt.
The Santa Monica Police Department is urging anyone with additional information about the shooting to come forward, as they continue their efforts to bring justice to William James Edwards III and his grieving loved ones.