Mark Ridley-Thomas’ brother’s killer found

After more than three decades, prosecutors have charged a man with killing the brother of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Michael Locklin, 61, was charged last week with stabbing Michael Thomas to death during a 1981 robbery after police matched his DNA to samples taken from the crime scene.

District attorney’s spokesman Greg Risling confirmed to the Los Angeles Times Wednesday night that Michael Thomas is the brother of Mark Ridley-Thomas, who in recent decades has been one of the most prominent politicians in the LA area.

Locklin is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned later this month. It wasn’t clear whether he has an attorney who could comment on the case.The killing came 10 years before Ridley-Thomas was first elected to the Los Angeles City Council, where he served until 2002. Then came stints in the state Senate and Assembly before he was elected to the county Board of Supervisors last year.

Source: Charges in 1981 death of prominent Southern California politician’s brother

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