By Josh Premako, 4/05/2012
The court date for Freddy Leyva, charged with stabbing a Hollywood job counselor to death last month, has been continued to April 24.
The plea entry was continued for a status conference to determine Leyva’s mental competency, said Sandi Gibbons, of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
Leyva, 22, was arrested March 14 at the Hollywood Studio Club on N. Lodi Place, after he allegedly stabbed Dwayne Alexander several times. Alexander, 49, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Other students reportedly held down Leyva until police officers arrived at the scene.
Leyva is being held at Men’s Central Jail in lieu of $1 million bail, and Los Angeles Police Department detectives are investigating.
Alexander had been a program advisor for about a year and was reportedly well liked by staff and students.
He worked about 25-30 hours per week mentoring students at the dorm, which is home to a little more than 100 students. Business and community liaison Kathy Farrar described Alexander’s role as similar to a resident advisor, overseeing students, assisting them with things they might need and mentoring them.
The Studio Club is a dormitory for students ages 16-24 enrolled in the city’s Job Corps Center training program. Students are admitted based on their academic performance and behavior.