LANCASTER – A man has been arrested and charged with the gang-related killing of William Clay Settle, the 22-year-old Lancaster man found shot to death at a local apartment complex last month, authorities said.
Myron Urssery, 29, was arrested by gang detectives around 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, according to LASD inmate records. Urssery was charged Friday, Sept. 23, with one count of murder with gang and gun allegations in connection with Settle’s death, Jane Robison of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.
Urssery pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday and his bail was set at $2.09 million, Robison said.
Urssery’s arrest came about two weeks after a $20,000 reward was offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for information on the case. Further information on Urssery’s arrest was not immediately available, and authorities did not say whether the reward money led to the arrest.
Settle was shot about 1:20 a.m. Aug. 13 on a walkway at an apartment complex at 1710 East Avenue J-4 in Lancaster, sheriff’s officials said. He died at the scene.
Settle, a former all-city tailback at San Fernando High School, was training with the state-run California Conservation Corps and hoped to become a firefighter, his parents told the Board of Supervisors earlier this month.
Sallie Rouse said her son had earned his second-class firefighter certification and was looking forward to the next step in his training.
A preliminary hearing is set for October 5 at the Antelope Valley courthouse to determine if there is enough evidence to require Urssery to stand trial for Settle’s murder, Robison said.
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