Victim Stabbed to Death, Coroner Concludes
By Jorge Casuso
March 24 -- Alexander Merman, who was found dead in his
Santa Monica condo last week, died of multiple stab wounds, according
to the Los Angeles County Coroners Office.
The findings of the autopsy conducted Saturday dispelled a report
in the Los Angeles Times that Merman had been shot to death.
Police had reported that Merman died as a result of "blunt
It is not known how long Merman was dead before his body was found,
police said. The coroners office has not determined the time of
There was no sign of forced entry, said Lt. Alex Padilla, the Police
No suspects have been arrested, Padilla said.
A 35-year-old artist, Merman was found dead in his condo on the
500 block of Montana Avenue Wednesday night, the second homicide
victim in the seaside city in one week.
Juliana Redding, a 21-year-old aspiring model, was found dead in
her Santa Monica apartment on the 1500 block of Centinela Avenue
four days earlier.
The results of Redding’s autopsy have not been released at
the request of Santa Monica police, said Ed Winter, assistant chief
at the coroners office.
Police said Redding was the apparent victim of assault.
Both victims were found after their mothers failed to contact them
for several days, police said. The cases are not related.
Merman’s body was found after police responded to the complex
he lived in Wednesday at 8 p.m. after receiving a telephone call
from the building manager, who had entered the unit to check on
Merman's well being.
Anyone with additional information on either case should call the
Santa Monica Police Department at 310.458-8427 (24 hours) or call
Detectives at 310.458.8451 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to
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