Family of Los Angeles banking executive beaten to death demand more serious charges from progressive DA

Michelle Avan, 48, had recently been promoted to a senior vice president position when she was killed by her former boyfriend, a colleague, Anthony Turner, 当局说. She was found Aug. 5, 2021, inside her home in Los AngelesReseda neighborhood.

Avan’s loved ones are frustrated with District Attorney George Gascon‘s office for not filing special circumstances charges against Turner, saying he could be possibly be freed on parole after 10 years if convicted.

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Michelle Avan, 48, was allegedly beaten to death by her former boyfriend. Her family is pressing for prosecutors to charge him with special circumstance crimes.

Michelle Avan, 48, was allegedly beaten to death by her former boyfriend. Her family is pressing for prosecutors to charge him with special circumstance crimes. (Courtesy of the Avan family)

He’s eligible for anything that a murderer should not be eligible for,” Avan’s brother, Patrick Miller, 告诉福克斯新闻.

Turner is charged with murder and first-degree burglary. He was released on bond days after his arrest. Fox News has reached out to Gascon’s office.

Avan’s loved ones plan to rally Thursday in front of the DA’s office to pressure him to file stronger charges.

Authorities said Turner entered Avan’s home on Aug. 3 and killed her before leaving the next day. Her body was discovered by her son, Trevon Avan.

Gascon has faced criticism since taking office in December 2020 over his controversial directives that include not seeking bond for some criminal suspects, refusing to prosecute certain crimes and not seeking sentencing enhancements for others.

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon is facing a second recall attempt as criticism over his progressive policies intensifies.

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon is facing a second recall attempt as criticism over his progressive policies intensifies. (Irfan Khan / 洛杉矶时报,通过盖蒂图片社)

Opponents are in the midst of a second recall effort against the progressive prosecutor whose efforts to re-imagine how crimes are dealt with in 加利福尼亚州‘s most populated county has drawn the ire of fellow district attorneys, law enforcement officials and tough-on-crime advocates.

An earlier recall effort failed to garner enough signatures from registered voters. Recall supporters have said 犯罪 has risen since Gascon took office, though crime began seeing an uptick in the months before he was elected as well as in other cities across the country.

The one criticism they all voice is that Gascon, 前任 旧金山 district attorney and assistant chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, has abandoned crime victims in favor of protecting the rights of criminals.

Desiree Andrade, whose son Julien was murdered in 2018, is part of the committee leading the recall effort against him.

Michelle Avan attends the 48th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 11, 2017 in Pasadena, 加利福尼亚州. (Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

Michelle Avan attends the 48th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 11, 2017 in Pasadena, 加利福尼亚州. (Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

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