Swedish hip-hop artist charged in road-rage death in Los Angeles
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, November 26, 2008 10:12AM EST
LOS ANGELES - A Swedish hip-hop artist and songwriter has been arrested following a confrontation on a Hollywood street in which a pedestrian died.
Authorities say David Jassy, a 34-year-old musician also known as Dave Monopoly, was to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of assault, battery and leaving the scene of a deadly accident.
Prosecutors claim that the victim, John Osnes, slapped Jassy's rented sport utility vehicle Sunday when it crept into his crosswalk.
Jassy then got out of his car, punched Osnes in the face then kicked him in the head when Osnes bent over to pick up his glasses, Los Angeles prosecutors alleged in a written statement.
Jassy then broke free of several people trying to restrain him and ran over Osnes as he tried to flee.
Osnes, a 55-year-old jazz pianist, died at a hospital later Sunday.
Jassy was arrested Monday and was being held on $1 million bail. He faced a judge Tuesday, but his arraignment was delayed a day after he requested a Swedish interpreter.
Jassy, who has co-written songs for "High School Musical" star Ashley Tisdale, was being represented by lawyers from the Public Defender's Office.