The brother of famed attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. was found shot to death on a sidewalk in the Jefferson Park area of central Los Angeles, officials said Tuesday.
Police said the body of Ralonzo Phelectron Cochran, 43, was found in a residential area in the 2600 block of South Manhattan Place at about 2 a.m. Sunday. The victim, known to his family and friends as "Phlecky," lived about five blocks away.
Homicide investigators said he had been shot several times.
"The circumstances surrounding the shooting are not known," the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement released Tuesday night. "There are no suspects in custody."
Sources close to the case said Ralonzo Cochran had led a sometimes troubled life that included problems with drugs.
Whether drugs had anything to do with the shooting is "still a matter of speculation and conjecture," his brother-in-law, retired Sheriff's Department Chief of Detectives Bill Baker, said Tuesday night.