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Garden Grove Man Charged After Filming Himself Killing Homeless Man During Jog

Garden Grove Man Charged After Filming Himself Killing Homeless Man During Jog

Men are taken into custody after police responded to an illegal gambling operation in Westminster, Calif., on May 10, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

City News Service

City News Service

11/22/2023

Updated: 11/22/2023

WESTMINSTER, Calif.—A 68-year-old Garden Grove man bailed out of custody Nov. 20 on charges of fatally shooting a transient he got into a conflict with over the defendant’s pushcart.
Craig Sumer Elliot is charged with voluntary manslaughter with the personal use of a gun. He was arrested Nov. 17 on a warrant and posted $100,000 bail and was released Nov. 20, according to court records.
Mr. Elliott could face up to 21 years in prison if convicted at trial.
Mr. Elliott is accused of fatally shooting 40-year-old Antonio Garcia Avalos Sept. 28.
The defendant was operating a pushcart on a sidewalk in the 10400 block of Katella Ave. about 3 p.m. in Garden Grove when he came across Mr. Avalos, who was sleeping there, according to prosecutors. Mr. Elliott roused the homeless man with the pushcart, angering Mr. Avalos, who hollered at the defendant to get away from him, prosecutors said.
Mr. Elliott, who had a concealed carry permit and recorded the conflict with Mr. Avalos, shot the homeless man after the alleged victim hurled a shoe at Mr. Elliott, prosecutors said.
Mr. Elliott is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 15 in the West Justice Center in Westminster.
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