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Rap Singer Held in Slaying of Roommate

Crime: Woman was mutilated, police say.

April 13, 2002|From a Times Staff Writer

Police are investigating the slaying of a 21-year-old southeast Los Angeles woman who may have been dismembered by her roommate, authorities said Friday.

"It was a very brutal homicide," said Capt. Richard Bonneau of the LAPD's Southeast Division. "He may have dismembered the body," Bonneau said. Investigators were awaiting lab results, he said.

Antron Singleton, 27, will be arraigned Monday on a capital murder charge, with the special circumstance allegation of inflicting torture in the death of Tynisha Ysais, 21.

The woman's body was found Wednesday afternoon in an apartment unit she shared with Singleton and her boyfriend in the 400 block of East 108th Street near Figueroa Street.

Neighbors and police said Singleton, a rapper who goes by the name "Big Lurch," was found staggering, covered in blood, about a block from the apartment.

Singleton may have been under the influence of drugs, police said.

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