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Two Suspects Arrested in Connection with Killing of MTV Producer

KABC-TV/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- A man and a woman are being held on suspicion of murder in the shotgun deaths of an MTV producer early Sunday morning and another man a week earlier.

Jabaar Vincent Thomas and Destiny Young were arrested Wednesday evening in connection with the killings of MTV music coordinator Gabriel Ben-Meir, 30, outside his home in Los Angeles' Mid-Wilshire district and a second man in a separate incident, Det. Gus Villanueva, a Los Angeles police spokesman, told ABC News Thursday.

The second victim, Marcello Aragon, 35, was shot multiple times with a shotgun on April 30 in the Pico-Union district of Los Angeles, ABC News affiliate KABC-TV in Los Angeles reported.

Thomas, 26, and Young, 29, likely will be charged with murder on Friday, Villanueva said.

Their arrests at 9 p.m. PT Wednesday were related to the arrest at 8 p.m. Wednesday of Richard Anderson, 33, in connection with a string of shotgun robberies, Villanueva added, though he would not reveal the nature of the relationship between the two cases.

Ben-Meir's wallet was missing, raising the possibility he was killed during a robbery, KABC reported.  Police would not confirm the missing wallet to ABC News.

Ben-Meir, who coordinated music for MTV shows including Ashton Kutcher's Punk'd, was found face down, shot at least once in the back of the head, on the sidewalk outside his home early Sunday morning by a neighbor.  He had parked his BMW outside his apartment building and was shot just feet from his front door, police said.

The Los Angeles Police Department will reveal more about the case at a news conference Friday at 3:15 p.m., Villanueva said.

Thomas and Anderson were being held without bail at the 77th Regional Jail in Los Angeles, Villanueva said.  Young was being held at the same location on $1 million bail.

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MTV Producer Found with Gunshot to the Head

KABC-TV/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Police have yet to determine a motive in the execution-style killing of a promising young MTV producer, found dead outside his home in an affluent section of Los Angeles.

Gabriel Ben-Meir, 30, was found face down, shot at least once in the back of the head, on the sidewalk outside his Mid-Wilshire district home early Sunday morning by a neighbor.

Ben-Meir, who coordinated music for MTV shows, including Ashton Kutcher's Punk'd, had parked his BMW outside his apartment building and was shot just feet from his front door, police said.

LAPD would not say whether he had been robbed.

Ben-Meir was killed from a blast from a shotgun, reported the Los Angeles Times, citing an unnamed source. Police would not confirm the weapon used to ABC News.

There are currently no suspects in the shooting. 

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MTV Reality Contestant Charged With Murder

Photo Courtesy - Miami-Dade Corrections(MIAMI) -- Baron "Dirty" Colon, a 24-year-old barber and finalist in the 2009 MTV program From G's to Gents, was arrested Jan. 7 and charged with first degree murder for his involvement in a fatal armed robbery of a Florida artist in 2006.

According to police, Colon joined three others to rob, and ultimately kill, Marcelo Vero in a botched stickup. Miami-Dade Police said the "investigation is still ongoing" but confirmed facts of the crime detailed in Colon's arrest warrant and obtained by the Miami Herald.

According to the Herald, Colon met a friend, Stephany Concepcion, 26, and two other men identified only as "Big Killer" and "Crazy Dread" before planning to rob Vero, an artist known to keep large amounts of cash in his home.

Concepcion, Vero's former employee, arrived at his house late on the night of Jan. 6, 2006. From the victim's bathroom, she called Colon and told him the time was right for the robbery, according to the warrant. Concepcion said she heard shots fired from the other room. When she ran outside, the other men had driven off and she was alone at the scene when police arrived. She was arrested and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison and said she would testify against the other men.

Though Colon has been a suspect in the murder since 2006, police said they could not charge him based on Concepcion's testimony alone. According to the Herald, he was arrested only after investigators received more information from a confidential informant.

The unnamed informant recorded Colon describing how he shot Vero as the man begged for his life, according to the warrant.

Colon is in jail without bond awaiting arraignment on Jan 28.

Colon appeared on the second season of the MTV show, produced by actor Jamie Foxx, in which young men with checkered pasts -- so-called "g's" or "gangstas" -- compete to turn their lives around and become "gentlemen."

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