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Jonathan Early, 38, faces one count of murder in the death of Dwayne Fields, 62, on Skid Row on August 26. Pictured are charred possessions from the tent of Fields

Homeless man, 38, who set fire to a Skid Row tent and burned a 62-year-old man to death & # 39; is accused of murder

  • Jonathan Early, 38, was charged with the death of Dwayne Fields on Skid Row
  • In the past his tent would have been set on fire on 26 August near 6th and San Pedro streets
  • Fields, a talented musician, was in the tent and died of his injuries
  • Both men were homeless and lived in the streets of Los Angeles
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A man was charged with murder for setting fire to a tent and burning a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles.

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Jonathan Early, 38, faces one count of murder in the death of Dwayne Fields, 62, on Skid Row on August 26, according to a statement from the office of the public prosecutor in Los Angeles.

The indictment includes a special circumstance claim that the crime was intentional and related to inflicting torture on the victim.

Jonathan Early, 38, faces one count of murder in the death of Dwayne Fields, 62, on Skid Row on August 26. Pictured are charred possessions from the tent of Fields

Jonathan Early, 38, faces one count of murder in the death of Dwayne Fields, 62, on Skid Row on August 26. Pictured are charred possessions from the tent of Fields

Allegedly, a tent near the 6th and San Pedro streets in downtown LA set fire to a tent on Monday, which burned Fields, which was inside. The defendant fled the stage but was arrested shortly afterwards.

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Sources told The Los Angeles Times that Early passed the intersection where the tent was on fire when the first responders arrived.

Although they were able to extinguish the flames, Fields died of his injuries the following morning in a hospital.

Images of the scene show the charred tent and other belongings, including a shoe and a hat, where the police discovers the man who was heavily burned next to the tent.

A source of law enforcement described Early as temporary. According to The Times, Fields was a well-known musician who specialized in blues guitar and would be a fixed value on Skid Row.

Allegedly, a tent near 6th and San Pedro streets in downtown LA set fire to a tent on Monday, which burned Fields, which arrived on August 26

Allegedly, a tent near 6th and San Pedro streets in downtown LA set fire to a tent on Monday, which burned Fields, which arrived on August 26

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Allegedly, a tent near 6th and San Pedro streets in downtown LA set fire to a tent on Monday, which burned Fields, which arrived on August 26

He lived in and out of temporary housing and never stayed as permanent as most most buildings could not accommodate his girlfriend with mobility problems, a non-profit leader who knew him told the newspaper.

If convicted of being charged, Early is confronted with the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of conditional release.

A decision to request the death penalty is taken at a later date. The police have not yet revealed a motive for the attack or the two men knew each other.

The case is still being investigated by the Robbery-Homicide Division of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Arson / Terrorism Department of the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

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