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    Arrest made in death of man found inside 55-gallon drum at Malibu Lagoon State Beach
    • October 27, 2023

    MALIBU — A suspect has been arrested in connection with the killing of a man whose body was discovered in a 55-gallon drum on a beach in Malibu, authorities said Friday.

    According to KCAL 9, Joshua Simmons was arrested and charged with murdering 32-year-old Javonnta Murphy, who was found inside the drum on July 31 at the 23200 block of Pacific Coast Highway.

    A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official told reporters at the scene that the drum had been seen in the water at Malibu Lagoon State Beach the previous night by sanitation workers, but they were unable to retrieve it.

    A lifeguard spotted the same barrel the following morning and was able to bring it to shore, then opened it and saw the body inside.

    Sheriff’s homicide investigators determined that Murphy was shot to death and stuffed inside the barrel.

    Simmons, 37, was arrested on Oct. 3 and is being housed at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, according to county jail records.

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    KCAL reported that Simmons was also involved in an attempted jewelry store robbery in El Monte on Sept. 3.

    It was not immediately known on what charge Simmons was being held but according to KCAL, law enforcement authorities confirmed he had been charged with murder.

    His next court date is scheduled for Nov. 3.

    Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS, or use the website

    ​ Orange County Register