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Arrest made in slaying of East Hollywood theater director [Updated]

Los Angeles police detectives have arrested a man in connection with the slaying of a longtime director of an East Hollywood theater, department officials said today.

Bennett Bradley, 59, was found stabbed to death Jan. 2 at his Mid-Wilshire-area apartment, according to Los Angeles police.

Detectives initially said that Bradley was the target of a robbery but today revealed that the suspect and victim knew each other, although they had no immediate details on the nature of the relationship.

Bradley had worked at Fountain Theatre for 16 years and had become its public face, largely managing its box-office operations but also known as a talented director and producer.



The theater is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and Bradley was directing "The Ballad of Emmett Till," which is scheduled to open next month.

The show is based on the real-life story of a black teenager whose murder helped spark the civil rights movement. It was seen as an important production for the theater and for Bradley.

[Update 4:49 p.m.: The LAPD identified the suspect this afternoon as Jose Fructuoso, 25 of Los Angeles. He had reportedly known the victim several years although police did not disclose the nature of their relationship.}

– Andrew Blankstein

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