Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
FOUR MEN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR MURDER OF TWO SUSPECTS IN BOTCHED JEWELRY STORE ATTEMPTED ROBBERY
*Two of the co-defendants are third-strikers for armed robbery convictions
SANTA ANA – Four men will be arraigned today for the murder of two suspects in a jewelry store attempted robbery. Alan Keith Hunter, 39, Moreno Valley, George Anthony Boozer, 36, Apple Valley, James Stephan Paschall, 41, and Eddie Allen Clark Jr., 27, both from Gardena, are each charged with one felony count of murder and one felony count of attempted robbery. If convicted on all counts, Boozer and Clark Jr. face a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison. Third-strikers Hunter and Paschall each have two prior strike convictions for 1995 and 1996 armed robberies and face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. The defendants are being held on $1 million bail and are scheduled to be arraigned today, Sept. 9, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
At approximately 11:15 a.m. on June 24, 2011, 39-year-old Robert Avery was allowed into the locked premises of Monaco Jewelers on Doheny Park Road in San Juan Capistrano. Clark Jr. is accused of entering the showroom with 39-year-old Desmond Brown. Avery walked out of the showroom and into the work area. He pulled out a gun, grabbed the store manager, and pointed the gun at the manager’s head and chest. The store owner then shot Avery and turned the gun on Brown and shot him as Brown was running toward him. Brown kept coming toward the owner and was shot again. Both Brown and Avery died at the scene. Clark Jr. is accused of fleeing the scene.
Hunter and Boozer are accused of being involved as lookouts for police in the attempted robbery. They are accused of fleeing the scene once police began to arrive. Paschall is accused of being involved as the get-away driver.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department 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, Boozer and Hunter were linked to the crime through phone records and Clark Jr. and Paschall were connected by a DNA hit.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Scott Simmons of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.