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Roommate arrested in Westmont homicide

Deputies respond to the scene of a homicide on West 98th Street in the Westmont area of Los Angeles Sunday, March 9, 2014.
March 11, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man has been arrested on suspicion of strangling his 67-year-old roommate to death at their Westmont home Sunday.

Toriano Benford, 43, was arrested Monday for the murder of Earnest Dewitt Brannon. Police say the men were roommates and living at the same location where the murder occurred.

The victim was found by a tenant in a back bedroom inside the home on West 98th Street at 10:43 p.m. Sunday. The man appeared to have been strangled.

On Tuesday, the coroner's office confirmed Brannon died of neck compression and sharp force neck injury.

Benford was being held in lieu of $1 million.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information was urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.


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