Jameelah Michl had apparently targeted Michael Latt for being friends with a woman she had been stalking, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, who announced Thursday his office was charging Michl with one count of murder and one count of first-degree residential burglary. Latt was killed at his home in the 900 block of Alandele Avenue in Mid-Wilshire in the early evening on November 27, 2023.
According to a statement from Gascón’s office, “Jameelah Elena Michl (dob 10/5/87) allegedly knocked on the door of the home, forcing herself into the residence once it was opened by one of the occupants. Michl, who was allegedly armed with a semi-automatic handgun, shot and killed the victim inside of the home. It is further alleged that Michl personally used a handgun during the commission of the crime. It also is alleged that another person, other than the accomplice, was present in the residence during the commission of the burglary.”
According to news reports, Michl was an extra in a movie directed by A.V. Rockwell, a friend of Latt’s. Michl became obsessed with Rockwell.
“Michl became threatening, said she would kill herself, and told Rockwell that she owned a gun and wasn’t afraid to use it,” reported the LA Times. According to court documents reviewed by the Times, Rockwell filed for and eventually obtained a restraining order against Michl that was re-issued several times.
Latt, 33 was the founder and CEO of Lead with Love, a social impact marketing consulting firm. He was the son of film producer David Latt and Michelle Satter, the founding senior director at the Sundance Institute. His brother, Franklin Latt, is an agent at CAA.
Earlier this week, Michelle Satter posted the message below on social media.
The prosecution is recommending that Michl be held on a $3,000,000 bail. If convicted as charged, Michl will face a maximum sentence of life in prison. The arraignment for Michl was continued until December 15, 2023, in Dept. 30 at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.