Steps toward justice

Steps toward justice

Couple accused of killing local barber to face trial later this month

By André Coleman 03/12/2014

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The trial of a couple accused of murdering a popular Pasadena barber is set to begin later this month.

Sabrina King of Compton and Davon Moore of Los Angeles face murder charges in the death of local barber King King, who ran King King’s Barber Shop on East Washington Boulevard. 

Their trial is set to begin on March 25 at the Pasadena courthouse on East Walnut Street.
Prosecutors say that on Sept. 21, 2011, Sabrina King, who was 18 at the time and not related to the victim, entered the shop and began talking with King King shortly after he closed his shop. A few minutes later, authorities believe Moore, then 22, arrived and tried to rob King and stabbed him multiple times in the neck. King’s body was found behind the barber shop.

At the time of his death, King was involved in several conflicts with nearby business owners who were trying to get him evicted.

Moore and King are charged with one count of murder with special circumstances and could receive the death penalty if convicted. The special circumstances charge is due to the murder taking place during an alleged robbery attempt. 

“He was a great guy,” said community activist Jon Brookhart who was a friend of King King’s. “He was just trying to make a living and take care of his daughters. What they did to him was wrong. I really hope justice is served.”

Moore and King left a trail of bloody footprints from the barber shop to a nearby alley. Police followed those footprints and as they were conducting their investigation, Moore stepped outside a nearby house and attempted to flee when he saw police. Police found the murder weapon inside the house.

Alfred Mayes, 22, and Michelle McGowan, 23, both of Pasadena and residents at the house where Moore was arrested, were initially detained but were later released.   

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