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Suspect Charged with Murder in Bishop O’Connell’s Death

In his 40 years of service in Los Angeles, Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell forged a reputation as a peacemaker who sought to help people find common ground. (Photo: Archdiocese of Los Angeles)

The Tablet Staff

PROSPECT HEIGHTS — Carlos Medina, the man accused of killing Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell of Los Angeles, was formally charged Wednesday with one count of murder and a gun charge by Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón.

Gascón’s office also filed a special allegation that Medina, 61, used a gun during the commission of the crime at the clergyman’s Hacienda Heights residence. Medina is the husband of Bishop O’Connell’s housekeeper.

“This was a brutal act of violence against a person who dedicated his life to making our neighborhoods safer, healthier and always serving with love and compassion,” Gascón said. 

“As Catholics around Los Angeles and the nation start the holy season of Lent, let us reflect on Bishop O’Connell’s life of service and dedication to those in greatest need of our care. Charging Mr. Medina will never repair the tremendous harm that was caused by this callous act, but it does take us one step closer to accountability.”

Medina was arrested on Monday, Feb. 20,  after an hourslong standoff at his Torrance home, before surrendering to sheriff deputies. 

Authorities executed a search warrant and discovered two guns and other evidence with possible ties linking him to Bishop O’Connell’s slaying, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said.

Medina is currently being held on a $2 million bail bond.