Gardena man charged with murder in barbershop shooting

Man charged in robbery, killing of barbershop employee in South L.A.

A Gardena man was charged Thursday with killing a South Los Angeles barber during a robbery earlier this year.

Mark Lequan Alford, 35, is charged with one count of murder with the special circumstances of a robbery, and with using a gun.

Alford is being held on $1-million bail.

Prosecutors say Alford shot Kevin Williams, 32, to death April 25 at a barbershop in the 6500 block of South Western Avenue in Harvard Park.

Alford and a second man went into Western Hair Lounge and robbed Williams, and when he resisted, Alford killed him with a single gunshot, prosecutors allege.

The two men reportedly fled and Williams died later at a local hospital.

If convicted, Alford could face the death penalty.

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