Efrem Zimbalist Demery Charged with Arson


The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that Efrem Zimbalist Demery, dob 2/20/90, has been charged with settling a Studio City recording studio on fire, killing two people and severely injuring two others. Demery has been charged with five felony counts in case LA088204, which includes two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of arson of a structure. This also includes a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, as well as special allegations that the defendant used an accelerant and committed great bodily injury during the commission of the crime.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Department 100 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Van Nuys Branch. Deputy DA Rachel Bowers of the Arson and Explosives Section is assigned to the case.

On the morning of April 14th, a fire broke out at the recording studio located in the 3700 block of Cahuenga Boulevard in Studio City.  According to prosecutors, after authorities put out the fire, they discovered bodies of Devaughn Carter and Michael Pollard, while a male and female were also seriously injured in the fire. Authorities located Demery in South Los Angeles and arrested him in connection with the fire, later that day, prosecutors said.

Demery faces the death penalty or life in state prison without the possibility of parole if convicted, while the decision whether to seek capital punishment will be made at a later date. The case is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division.