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Three men charged in fatal stabbing on Hollywood Walk of Fame

June 20, 2013|By Andrew Blankstein
  • Christine Darlene Calderon 23, Lynwood holding her nephew Mahlik Gibson. Calderon was stabbed to death after taking photo of panhandlers near Hollywood and Highland.
Christine Darlene Calderon 23, Lynwood holding her nephew Mahlik Gibson.… (Family photo / )

Prosecutors charged three transients Thursday in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Lynwood woman who took a cellphone picture of them on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Dustin James Kinnear, 26, was charged with one count of murder with "personal use of a knife allegation." Los Angeles police said Kinnear, who allegedly fatally stabbed the victim after she refused to give the trio $1, faces up to life in state prison if convicted.

Jason Joel Wolstone, 33, faces one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and two counts of accessory after the fact. Brian Joseph Widdows, 34, was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact.

Prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $1 million for Kinnear, and $500,000 each for Wolstone and Widdows. The men are expected to plead not guilty during their first appearance in a downtown courtroom Thursday afternoon.

The victim, Christine Calderon, was stabbed to death shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday along Hollywood Boulevard after she and a friend took cell phone pictures of three men holding signs, Los Angeles Police Department officials said.

Authorities said Calderon was strolling down the Walk of Fame with a coworker after sunset when an amusing cardboard sign caught her eye. She pulled out her cellphone to snap a picture of the men displaying signs asking for money with four-letter insults and a smiley face.

Moments later, according to law enforcement sources, one of the men demanded that she pay $1 for the pictures. 

When she refused, two of the men allegedly pinned Calderon’s coworker against a wall. The third allegedly jumped on top of Calderon, knocking her onto the pavement in front of an American Eagle Outfitters clothing store at the Hollywood and Highland retail and entertainment complex, police said.

When she got up to run away, authorities said, blood was gushing from a stab wound in her midsection. 

She collapsed a few feet from the terrazzo Walk of Fame stars. She was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center three hours later. 

Her death in the heart of Hollywood’s tourist district stunned visitors and the collection of merchants and costumed performers who work along the boulevard.

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