Arrest Made in Hollywood Shotgun Killing

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Carrie Jean Melvin

The suspect had a financial dispute with 30-year-old Carrie Melvin, the LAPD told The Hollywood Reporter.

Ezeoma Obioha was arrested around 7:15 p.m. Friday for the July 5 murder of Carrie Jean Melvin, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The 31-year-old male is being held at the Los Angeles downtown detention center on $1 million bail, officer Liliana Preciado told THR. Obioha had a financial dispute with 30-year-old Melvin, who formerly worked as a production assistant in Hollywood and was pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. She moved from Morro Bay, California to Los Angeles in 2011.

Obioha shot her in the back of the head with a shotgun while she was walking with her boyfriend, who was unharmed, from her apartment on McCadden Place, close to Highland Avenue, toward a Sunset Boulevard restaurant. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said the man walked up to Melvin and shot her in the head before getting into a car and fleeing.

According to Melvin's LinkedIn profile, she became CEO of a social media management company in June.

"Everyone you talked to just loved her," Melvin's father told the Los Angeles Times. "She was a joy to be around. When she looked at you, you felt like you were in the spotlight."

Obioha's case will be presented to the district attorney on July 28.

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