Police Handling of Homicide Scrutinized

From Times staff and wire reports

The Inglewood city administrator has opened an inquiry into the Police Department's investigation of an unsolved homicide after the victim's family complained that detectives mishandled or ignored potential evidence and brushed aside their concerns.

At the mayor's urging, City Administrator Joseph T. Rouzan said he is requesting a "full and complete" report from Chief Ronald Banks on the department's investigation into the killing of Lisa Vanessa Wilkens. The 36-year-old employee of Woody's BBQ was stabbed to death in a dead-end alley in Inglewood in September.

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