February 28, 2024

LOS ANGELES — A lady charged with killing a high-profile advertising guide and social justice advocate in movie pleaded not responsible Monday.

Jameelah Elena Michl, 36, entered the plea in Los Angeles Superior Court docket to expenses of homicide and housebreaking, with extra allegations that she used a firearm to commit the felonies.

Prosecutors say she knocked on the door of the Los Angeles dwelling of Michael Latt — then compelled her approach in and fatally shot him with a semi-automatic handgun on Nov. 27. He was later declared lifeless at a hospital.

Latt, 33, was a well known guide in Hollywood whose agency targeted on social influence in movie and leisure. He had labored on initiatives with administrators together with Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay.

Prosecutors and courtroom data say Michl had been stalking and threatening director A.V. Rockwell, and focused Latt as a result of he was buddies with Rockwell. Michl was the topic of a number of restraining orders from Rockwell.

Rockwell’s newest movie “ A Thousand and One,” starring Teyana Taylor, received the Grand Jury Prize eventually yr’s Sundance Movie Pageant, and earned her a Gotham Award for breakthrough director on the identical night time Latt was killed.

Michl might get life in jail if convicted.

Latt’s mom Michelle Satter, a founding director of the Sundance Institute, was given an honorary Oscar for her humanitarian work on Jan. 10, simply weeks after the killing. On the ceremony, Satter and the 2 administrators she mentored who offered her the award, Coogler and Chloe Zhao, paid tribute to Latt.

“Michelle, you’ve modified our lives, however I do consider Michael was your best present to the world,” Coogler mentioned.

Satter mentioned that she wished to share the award together with her late son, who “led with love.”