Suspect in killings tied to drug case

first_imgA law enforcement source said Bacon had requested a police escort after an altercation with Brown just days before police think she died. Lancaster sheriff’s deputies discovered the bodies after Maurice Dawkins, Crystal Dawkins’ father, traveled to the Antelope Valley from Columbia and implored them to force their way into the home. On a previous visit, sheriff’s deputies had ignored Dawkins’ pleas to enter the home. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A man arrested in the grisly shooting deaths of two women in Lancaster is also a central figure in an Arizona drug-dealing case, prosecutors said Wednesday. Christopher Anthony Brown, 39, is in Arizona awaiting extradition on two counts of murder in the deaths of Christine Bacon, his 41-year-old ex-girlfriend, and her daughter, Crystal Dawkins, 18. He was arrested Jan.19. He will be tried on the Arizona drug charges first, then come to Los Angeles County for trial on the murder charges, which could bring the death penalty. He was involved in transporting 200 pounds of marijuana with a street value of about $100,000, Pima (Ariz.) County Assistant District Attorney Mark Diebolt said. Los Angeles County Assistant District Attorney Maureen Green said she expects full cooperation from Arizona prosecutors in the extradition process, noting that the two states have historically had a good working relationship. “I have great faith in the system,” Green said. “I believe everyone (in this case) will have their due process, including the defendant.” Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide Detective Bill Marsh said the Arizona case and extradition process will allow local investigators to develop a stronger case, and could ultimately benefit prosecutors. “They’re still handling their business in Arizona, which is just fine with us,” Marsh said. “His exposure in (that case) is significant enough to where he could potentially face substantial (prison) time, but that really doesn’t present any problems for us.” The bodies of the two women were found at Bacon’s Price Lane home Dec.18, about four weeks after the killings are thought to have occurred, homicide investigators said. Crystal Dawkins was visiting her estranged mother in Lancaster from Columbia, S.C., for Thanksgiving. last_img

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