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Murder Was the Case: L.A. Homicide No. 154, Man Bludgeoned With Hammer

A 54-year-old man suspected of attacking and killing another with a hammer in South Los Angeles was arrested on July 11 on suspicion of murder. 


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Brian Wright was arrested at his girlfriend's home in the 1900 block of West 22nd Street. Wright is accused of using a hammer to kill 28-year-old Lindval Baptist. According to preliminary police reports, a relative of Baptist found him lying face down in a pool of blood at a home in the 3100 block of Sixth Avenue. The police didn't provide a motive as to why Wright would bludgeon Baptist to death. Wright was booked on suspicion of murder and held on $1 million bail. Anyone with information on the death is asked to call Southwest Division detectives at (213) 485-1383.

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