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Boyfriend charged with murder, torture in death of Kardashian family’s former business manager

The boyfriend of famous business leader Angela “Angie” Kukawski, who was found dead in his car last Thursday, has been charged with his death, police said.

Kukawski, 55, who had worked with prominent clients including the Kardashians, rapper Offset and Nicki Minaj, was reported missing at her home in Sherman Oaks on December 22, Los Angeles Police said in a statement. Press release. His body was found the next day in his vehicle parked in Simi Valley, police said.

Her boyfriend, Jason Barker, 49, was arrested the same day and held in Van Nuys Prison on suspicion of murder, the police department said. The bond has been set at more than $ 3 million, according to prison records.

Detectives believe he killed Kukawski at the residence they shared in Sherman Oaks, placed her in the car and drove to Simi Valley, where her body was found in the vehicle, police said. .

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has charged Barker with one count of murder and one count of torture. The felony complaint, obtained by NBC News, says Barker used a knife and a gun in the attack, which took place from December 21 to 22.

It was not clear on Thursday whether Barker had a lawyer.

The Ventura County medical examiner determined that the cause of death was sharp, blunt injuries to the head and neck, as well as a strangulation. The mode of death was ruled as homicide.

Kukawski worked at Management of boulevards in Woodland Hills, which specializes in accounting and financial management services for artists, athletes and entrepreneurs. In addition to the Kardashians, she has worked with Kanye West and the Estate of Tupac Shakur, according to government documents and former associates.

Kukawski, a mother of five, was “beloved” in the industry, friends said.

The Kardashian Jenner family said in a statement, “Angela was truly the best. She cared about each of us and made impossible things happen. She will be sadly missed and we send our sincere condolences to her family and friends. loved ones during this difficult time. “




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