Kayla Delise Mackie, a 27-year-old homeless woman, is facing charges for the murder of William James Edwards III, a prominent 46-year-old music producer from Hollywood.
The incident occurred on January 25, 2024, when Edwards was shot in his vehicle on the 2600 block of 29th Street, close to Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica, California.
Upon discovery, Edwards was in critical condition and later succumbed to his injuries shortly after being rushed to a nearby hospital.
Additional charges against Mackie include attempted murder and second-degree robbery, related to separate incidents.
Thanks to key witness testimonies, Mackie was arrested in West Los Angeles a day after the shooting.
The investigation into the exact motive behind Edwards’ fatal shooting is still ongoing.
Edwards was a significant figure in the music industry, contributing to numerous projects and running a recording studio in Hollywood. He was known for his collaborations with artists such as Travis Scott and Lil Cobaine. Besides music, Edwards’ name is associated with the 2018 film “Haunting on Fraternity Row,” as well as other short films where he served as a producer.
Tributes from colleagues, including rapper Lil Cobaine, have been pouring in on social media, with many remembering Edwards as more than just a co-worker, but a member of their extended family.
Reacting to the incident, Santa Monica Mayor Phil Brock expressed his deep shock and sadness. He commended the swift response of local law enforcement in apprehending the suspect, emphasizing the city’s dedication to tackling violence, especially gun-related incidents.
Edwards leaves behind his wife and two young sons. A GoFundMe campaign has been started to honor Edwards’ career and to provide financial assistance to his family during this difficult time.
Mackie is currently held at the Century Regional Detention Facility on a $2 million bond, with a court appearance scheduled for March 21. She is awaiting trial.
Authorities are urging anyone with pertinent information to come forward to aid in the investigation and provide some solace to Edwards’ loved ones.