Suspect in Fatal Shooting of LA Music Producer William Edwards III Linked to Other Crimes, Police Say

Santa Monica murder suspect Kayla Mackie is shown in a booking photo following her arrest. Mackie is charged in connection with a shooting on Jan. 25, 2024. (Credit Santa Monica PD/YouTube/Fox 11)

A homeless woman arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Los Angeles music producer William Edwards III has been charged with additional violent crimes, authorities said Tuesday.

Kayla Delise Mackie, 27, was taken into custody on Jan. 26, the morning after Edwards was shot and killed while sitting in his car in Santa Monica.

In a news release Tuesday, the Santa Monica Police Department said Mackie is also a suspect in an armed robbery and attempted homicide in the city of Los Angeles.

Mackie was charged with murder on Jan. 30, in connection with Edwards’ death. She faces additional charges for the Los Angeles incidents, although authorities did not give specifics on the other charges.

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William James Edwards III is shown with his two children. (Credit: GoFundMe)
William Edwards III (Credit: GoFundMe)

She is currently being held on $2 million bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s inmate information portal.

On Jan. 25, Edwards was parked in the 2600 block of 29th Street in Santa Monica, when someone opened fire on his vehicle at about 10:25 a.m.

Edwards, 46, was transported to an area hospital in grave condition and died a short time later.

Witnesses gave responding officers a description of the female suspect and pointed out the direction in which she fled.

The next morning SMPD detectives located Mackie in nearby West Los Angeles, where she was arrested. The police department described her as “currently experiencing homelessness.”

The motive for the crime is still being investigated.

Edwards was known in music circles as “Rogue.Black.” He produced songs for artists including Travis Scott, and rappers Lil Cobaine and OG Maco.

The late music producer was father to two young sons, according to a GoFundMe page set up to assist his family. As of Tuesday evening, the page had raised over $22,000.

A message on the page said Edwards touched many lives “with his personality, his talent, and his love.” He frequently helped people battling addiction and was “dedicated to his AA and NA community,” the page said.

Santa Monica Mayor Phil Brock expressed condolences for Edwards’ loved ones.

“My heart goes out to William’s family and friends, and my thoughts are with all who were affected by this tragic event,” Brock said Tuesday. “While nothing can take away the pain this incident has brought to our community, I am proud of the outstanding police work our officers showed to quickly apprehend the suspect and ensure she is brought to justice.”

SMPD Chief Ramon Batista praised the officers in the case for their professionalism and commitment to the community.

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