Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Friday, June 9, 2006


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Murdered Lawyer Was Helping Son Study Before Being Shot, Police Say


By TINA BAY, Staff Writer


A 49-year-old Century City attorney had been helping his son study for high school finals just prior to being shot in front of his Los Angeles home, police said yesterday.

Roni J. Hardy, 49, left the house to retrieve some papers from his car before being shot Monday night, Los Angeles Police Homicide Detective Ed Clark told the MetNews. Clark is investigating the case along with Detective Stacey Szymkowiak.

Hardy died at a local hospital Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, a gunman approached Hardy from behind just outside his home on the 2200 block of West 24th street, shot him in the back of the head, and then fled.

He was shot at about 11:45pm, Clark said.

“It’s terrible,” he told the MetNews. “Here’s a hard working man trying to raise his family and support his kids, and he walks out to his car in the middle of the night to get paper work and somebody shoots him. He did nothing to contribute to this.”

The motive for the killing is unknown.

There was more than one witness to the crime, Clark said, but he declined to discuss what they saw or release any further details about the investigation at this time.

Hardy, a graduate of Pepperdine University and George Washington University Law School, joined the State Bar of California in 1992.

All of Hardy’s pending client matters have been forwarded to attorney Juan Jose Dominguez, a woman from Dominguez’s office said. Dominguez could not be reached for comment.

“It’s a very sad case,” Clark said.


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