Case # 11CF2479
Date: May 18, 2015
TWO MEN SENTENCED FOR PROVOCATIVE ACT MURDER OF TWO ACCOMPLICES SHOT BY STORE OWNER IN BOTCHED JEWELRY STORE ATTEMPTED ROBBERY
SANTA ANA – Two men were sentenced on Friday for committing provocative act murder. The two men were held accountable for the death of two of their accomplices, who were shot to death by a jewelry store owner, in a botched jewelry store attempted robbery. Alan Keith Hunter, 43, Moreno Valley, was found guilty by a jury on April 9, 2015, of one felony count of first degree murder and one felony count of attempted second degree robbery. Hunter’s prior serious and violent felony convictions for conspiracy to commit robbery and armed bank robbery in 1995 were found to be true. Hunter was sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison.
Co-defendant James Stephan Paschall, 44, Gardena, was found guilty by a jury on April 9, 2015, of one felony count of first degree murder and one felony count of attempted second degree robbery. Paschall’s prior serious and violent felony convictions for conspiracy to commit bank robbery in 1993 and armed bank robbery in 1995 were found to be true. Paschall was sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison.
Co-defendant Eddie Clark Sr., 53, Los Angeles, pleaded guilty on Dec. 12, 2014, to four felony counts of second degree robbery and one felony count of voluntary manslaughter. Clark Sr. will be sentenced to 10 years in state prison at his sentencing on June 12, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., in Department C-40, Central Justice Center.
Co- defendant George Anthony Boozer, 36, Apple Valley, pleaded guilty on May 22, 2013, to one felony count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and five felony counts of attempted second degree robbery. He will be sentenced to 12 years and four months in state prison at his sentencing on July 17, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., in Department C-40, Central Justice Center.
Circumstances of the Case
At approximately 11:15 a.m. on June 24, 2011, Hunter, Paschall, Boozer, Clark Sr. and Clark Jr. met with 39-year old Robert Avery and 39-year-old Desmond Brown outside of Monaco Jewelers on Doheny Park Road in San Juan Capistrano, with the intent of robbing the store. At around the same time, Avery was buzzed in to the locked premises of Monaco Jewelers.
Clark Jr. followed Avery into the showroom with Brown. Avery was armed with firearm when he entered Monaco Jewelers. Avery walked out of the showroom and into the work area and pulled out the firearm. Avery attacked the store manager, John Doe, and during the attack pointed the gun at the manager’s head and chest. The store owner then shot Avery three times and Brown three time as he was running toward him. Both Brown and Avery died at the scene. Clark Jr. fled the scene.
A day before, on June 23, 2011, Hunter and Pashall had stolen a car to be used in the robbery. Paschall was a get-away driver to help the defendants flee the scene. Hunter drove a rented car to be used in the robbery and was also a get-away driver for the defendants to flee the scene of the crime.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) responded to the scene and investigated the case. Special Weapons and Tactics officers and police dogs surrounded the area in search of Clark Jr., but he was not located.
During the investigation, Hunter, Clark Jr., and Paschall were linked to the crime through a DNA hit. Hunter and Paschall were also linked to the crime through phone records. Hunter and Paschall were each arrested by OCSD on Sept. 7, 2011.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Scott Simmons of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.