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March 13, 2018: Transient Charged with Shooting at Venice Bar

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A homeless man has been charged with shooting a man during an argument at a Venice bar, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Robert Leo Mewhorter (dob 8/10/71) faces one count of attempted murder with allegations of use of a handgun and causing great bodily injury.

The defendant pleaded not guilty yesterday and is scheduled back for a preliminary hearing setting on April 11 in Department W31 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch.

On March 7, Mewhorter allegedly got into an argument at a Venice bar, prosecutors said. The defendant left and reportedly returned soon after and opened fire, injuring the victim, prosecutors added.

Mewhorter faces a possible maximum sentence of 34 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged. Bail was set at $2 million.

Case SA097575 remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, Pacific Division.