Mest's Tony Lovato Jailed After Fatal Stabbing

By | March 26, 2007 at 12:19 PM

The singer with defunct punk rock band Mest was jailed on suspicion of murder in Los Angeles Sunday after police said he confessed to stabbing his ex-girlfriend’s new lover.

Tony Lovato, 26, was held on $1 million bail after telling police that he was assaulted earlier in the day by Wayne Hughes, 25, in the underground parking lot of an apartment building in the suburb of Studio City.

“At some point, Mr. Lovato produced a knife and the victim was stabbed,” said Lt. Andrew Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Dept. “He has been booked for criminal homicide. He did in fact call the police, call 911, after the incident and remained on the scene (to) surrender himself.”

Hughes was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills and died in hospital from stab wounds to his torso.

Neiman said police had been called to the apartment the night before following a report of an altercation between the two, but no arrests were made.

Mest, which formed in suburban Chicago, recorded four albums for Madonna’s Maverick Records before breaking up in early 2006. Its last album, 2005’s “Photographs,” peaked at No. 116 on the U.S. album charts.