Police said this afternoon that they have arrested one man and are looking for another in connection with the June 24 slaying of an employee inside an Echo Park medical marijuana dispensary. Daniel “Scooter” Hinton, 31, was arrested on July 21 and has been charged with murder and attempted murder for the killing of 27-year-old Matthew Butcher, the son of Los Angeles labor leader Julie Butcher. Hinton is being held without bail, police announced during an afternoon press conference.
Meanwhile, police are asking for the public’s help to find another suspect, 27-year-old Raymond Lemone Easter (pictured). Easter was charged with murder and attempted murder. Hinton and Easter are two of the three suspects that police said entered the store and shot and killed Butcher and injured the store’s security guard during a robbery (a fourth suspect remained outside). Information was not immediately available about the other suspects but police provided more details of the crime:
“On June 24, 2010, just before 4 p.m., three suspects entered the Higher Path Holistic Care Collective in the 1300 block of West Sunset Boulevard. Once inside, the suspects disarmed the security guard and began ransacking the business, robbing the business of various items. As the suspects left the business they shot both Butcher and the security guard in the head. Butcher was pronounced dead at scene. The security guard, whose name is being withheld for his safety, was transported to a local hospital. He is recovering from his injuries.”
Police asked that anyone with information about the crime or the Easter’s location should call detectives Dennis English or James King at (213) 486-6890. Police have requested the City Council offer a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the remaining suspect.