Michelle Annette Avan, 48, was killed by an ex-boyfriend, Anthony Duwayne Turner, in a "senseless act of violence," according to Los Angeles County District Attorney George GascÃ³n in a statement released Monday. Turner faces one count of murder and one count of first-degree residential burglary.
"Ms. Avan was a leader in our community, and this senseless act of violence has resulted in a significant loss to us all," GascÃ³n said.
"The next day, the victim's son discovered her body inside the house," GascÃ³n said.
According to a business representative, Avan was a senior vice president at Bank of America, where she was in charge of helping to attract and develop talent.
"We are devastated by the news. Michelle was a valued member of our company for more than 20 years and will be greatly missed" In a statement, Bank of America stated.
Turner pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, according to NBC Los Angeles.
According to the station, Avan has two children and a grandson.
Turner collaborated with Avan, according to KABC-TV in Los Angeles.
The station also reported that Avan's son, Trevon, said:
"My mom Michelle Avan didn't even have the opportunity to see her granddaughter turn 2. We're asking the public, we're asking everyone at home to please help us in making sure that this case gets the attention it deserves. And that we get justice for our mom, Michelle Avan."
"Nothing about the allegations raised by the district attorney's office so far has been substantiated. Nor do we believe they will be substantiated," Davis said.
"We look forward to redeeming Mr. Turner and his reputation through the court process."
According to Davis, Turner remained in custody Tuesday night. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records, bail was set at $2 million. Turner was apprehended and lodged into the Van Nuys Jail on Thursday, according to documents.
His next court appearance was set for next week, according to sheriff's department records.