Victim Stories: Michael Pollard & DeVaughn Carter - Gascon Must Go
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Victim Stories: Michael Pollard & DeVaughn Carter

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Defendant Efrem Demery was friends with Michael Pollard and DeVaughn Carter who were both studio musicians.

On April 14, 2018, the defendant had an altercation with Michael and Devaughn. The defendant followed them back to the studio, and went across the street to purchase gasoline and a lighter. He returned to the studio, went inside, and poured gasoline at the base of the door into the room. He then ignited the gasoline, knowing his friends were in the room with no way to get out.

The defendant was charged with two counts of murder with Special Circumstance of multiple murder. Gascon refused to meet with the victims’ mothers despite their numerous requests to do so. Gascon ordered that the Special Circumstance allegation be dismissed, making the defendant eligible for parole in 20 years because of elder parole (Penal Code 3055).



California law allows sentencing enhancements/allegations to be filed to show the gravamen of the offense. Filing an enhancement or allegation affects the bail that is set and can also affect the sentence a defendant receives upon conviction. Although the law allows allegations and enhancements to be charged, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon’s misguided policies do not.