Woman Initially Charged in Death of Filmmaker’s Son Is Sentenced on Assault Charge



BEVERLY HILLS — A woman who was initially charged along with her boyfriend in the stabbing death of the son of filmmaker Fuminori Hayashida, and later pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon, was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation and a year already served in county jail.

Chie Alexandra Coggins Johnson, 21, was prosecuted under the theory of aiding and abetting, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Co-defendant Scott Joseph Barker, 24, is still awaiting trial for the July 20, 2010, slaying of Katsutoshi Tony Takazato, who was found dead outside a home in the 1800 block of Carla Ridge in the exclusive Trousdale Estates area.

Johnson had previously dated the victim before she began dating Barker, who allegedly became enraged upon learning she may have been physically abused by Takazato, according to the prosecutor who filed the case last year.

The victim’s father is the producer of several late 1990s films, including “Lured Innocence” and “No Strings Attached.”



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