Woman Charged In Michael Latt Killing Had Stalked, Threatened A Film Director, Records Show
When production wrapped on the film “A Thousand and One,” Jameelah Michl, an extra in the movie, made a kind gesture: She sent a gift box to the film’s director, A.V. Rockwell. More than a year later, when the film won the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Michl sent an email to a producer about how brilliant Rockwell and the film were, according to court documents. But when Rockwell did not return Michl’s attentions, her emails took on a different tone. Michl became threatening, said she would kill herself and told Rockwell that she owned a gun and wasn’t afraid to use it. “My Glock is loaded as I write this,” said one handwritten letter, delivered in April. “One pull of the trigger and I’ll be free.” On Monday, Michl acted on her threat to use the weapon, police say. She didn’t turn the firearm on herself or the director, but on Michael Latt, a social justice advocate and friend of Rockwell’s, police say. Michl targeted Latt in his Mid-City home because he was “friends with a woman [Michl] had been stalking,” according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón did not name Rockwell as the stalking victim.
Los Angeles Times