Swedish rapper awaits hearing on murder charges in Los Angeles

A Los Angeles court on Monday extended the detention order for a 34-year-old Swedish hip hop artist who has been held on murder charges since November.

A preliminary hearing for David Jassy, also known by his stage name Dave Monopoly, is scheduled to take place in early March.

“Nothing has changed with the conditions of my client’s detention. But the prosecutor gave me the autopsy report today and now I’ll sit down and go through it before the preliminary hearing,” said Jassy’s lawyer Donald Etra to the TT news agency.

Jassy was arrested on November 24th following the death of 55-year-old John Osnes, a respected jazz pianist and advocate for pedestrians’ rights.

According to prosecutors, Osnes hit the hood of Jassy’s car at a crosswalk in Hollywood, at which point Jassy got out of the vehicle and proceeded to beat Jassy to the ground.

Jassy then got back into his vehicle, a large SUV, and ran over Osnes as he fled the scene.

Osnes later died from his injuries.

Jassy was remanded in custody on murder charges on December 17th.

Monday’s hearing to extend the detention order was routine, according to Nina Ersman, Sweden’s consul general in Los Angeles.

Etra had previously attempted to get the judge to lower Jassy’s bail from $1 million to between $100,000 and $250,000. But the judge denied the request, noting that Jassy was a flight risk on account of his Swedish citizenship, and family ties in Italy and Gambia, according to the LA Times newspaper.


Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.