A California man has been busted in the slaying of a former girlfriend — a prominent executive at Bank of America who was also his coworker, officials said.
Anthony Duwayne Turner, 52, of Westchester, pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony count of murder in the death of his ex, Michelle Avan, 48, in Reseda, NBC LA reported.
Turner allegedly entered Avan’s home on Aug. 3 and killed her before leaving the next day, prosecutors said.
Avan, who was a senior vice president at Bank of America, was discovered dead inside the apartment by her son after concerned family members couldn’t get into contact with her, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Her cause of death is unclear, but she appeared to have suffered trauma to her face, police said.
“Ms. Avan was a leader in our community and this senseless act of violence has resulted in a significant loss to us all,” Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.
Turner was arrested Thursday on a count of first-degree residential burglary in addition to the murder charge.
Both Turner and Avan both were employed by the financial institution.
Avan worked in global human resources, serving as the head of global women’s and underrepresented talent strategy.
Bank of America said in a statement that it was “devastated” by news of Avan’s death.
“Michelle was a valued member of our company for more than 20 years and will be greatly missed. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family,” the company said in a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.