Punk rocker Lovato jailed in fatal stabbing


The singer with defunct punk rock band Mest was jailed on suspicion of murder in Los Angeles on Sunday after police said he confessed to stabbing his ex-girlfriend's new lover.

Tony Lovato, 26, was held on $1 million bail after telling police that he was assaulted earlier in the day by Wayne Hughes, 25, in the underground parking lot of an apartment building in the suburb of Studio City.

"At some point, Mr. Lovato produced a knife and the victim was stabbed," said Lt. Andrew Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Dept. "He has been booked for criminal homicide."

Neiman said police had been called to the apartment the night before following a report of an altercation between the two, but no arrests were made.

Mest, which formed in suburban Chicago, recorded four albums for Madonna's Maverick Records before breaking up in early 2006. Its last album, 2005's "Photographs," peaked at No. 116 on the U.S. album charts.