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Friend of LA business manager of the Kardashians pleads not guilty to murdering his girlfriend

The boyfriend of an LA business executive of celebrities like Nicki Minaj and the Kardashians pleaded not guilty to “torturing his girlfriend with a knife before killing her and then driving around with her body in the trunk of his car.”

Jason Barker, 49, remains behind bars in Van Nuys Prison after pleading not guilty to the murder of Angela Kukawski, 55. He is due to appear in court again on June 16 for a preliminary hearing, according to Radar Online

Kukawski who was found dead in the trunk of her car in the Simi Valley suburb on December 23, just a day after she was reported missing.

Barker allegedly tortured Kukawski with a knife and firearm before brutally killing her and driving around with her body in the back of the vehicle.

“Detectives believe Barker killed the victim at their Sherman Oaks residence, placed her in her vehicle and drove to Simi Valley,” the Los Angeles Police Department said at the time.

Jason Barker, 49, (pictured in January) pleaded not guilty Friday to allegedly torturing his girlfriend Angela Kukawski, 55, with a knife before killing her and then driving around with her body in the trunk of his car

She was a business manager for the Kardashian (pictured with Ben Winston), among other stars

She was a business manager for the Kardashian (pictured with Ben Winston), among other stars

Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj attended the Daily Front Row's 3rd Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards in 2017.  She was also a manager for Minaj

Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj attended the Daily Front Row’s 3rd Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards in 2017. She was also a manager for Minaj

A Ventura County coroner reported that Kukawski died of sharp and blunt force head and neck injuries and strangulation, which they considered murder.

Barker was arrested on December 28 and admitted to Van Nuys Prison, where he was charged with murder and torture and is being held on $3 million bail.

He appeared in court in January, sitting behind a glass screen, wearing a yellow jumpsuit and a white face mask, speaking only to confirm his identity and to be read about his rights.

Kukawski's body is said to have been found in the trunk of a car in the Simi Valley suburb of LA, 1500 block from Patricia Avenue.

Kukawski’s body is said to have been found in the trunk of a car in the Simi Valley suburb of LA, 1500 block from Patricia Avenue.

The mother of five worked at Boulevard Management in Woodland Hills, which specialized in “financial management services for entertainers, athletes and high net worth individuals,” according to their site.

“We are saddened and heartbroken by the loss of our colleague, Angie Kukawski,” Boulevard Management’s Todd Bozick said in a statement to Variety.

“Angie was a lovely, wonderful person, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”

As a manager, she worked with famous clients such as the Kardashians and Nicki Minaj.

She had also worked with the Tupac Shukar estate, as well as Kanye West and OffSet.

Kukawski's former celebrity clients were the Kardashians (pictured at the Met Gala) who expressed their condolences to their late manager.  They said at the time: 'She cared about all of us and made things happen that were impossible'

Kukawski’s former celebrity clients were the Kardashians (pictured at the Met Gala) who expressed their condolences to their late manager. They said at the time: ‘She cared about all of us and made things happen that were impossible’

Kukawski also represented rapper Nicki Minaj

Minaj paid tribute to her former manager on social media

Rapper Nicki Minaj also paid tribute to her former manager on social media

“Angela was truly the best,” the Kardashian-Jenner family wrote in a statement to DailyMail.com at the time. “She cared about all of us and made things happen that were impossible.

“She will be greatly missed and our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones at this very difficult time.”

Minaj had also posted on social media to pay tribute to her then-manager.

“The hardest working, most reliable, sweetest person you could ever know,” wrote Minaj.

“You didn’t deserve this, Angela. My heart breaks for your children. Rest in peace.’

“We are saddened and heartbroken by the loss of our colleague, Angie Kukawski,” Boulevard Management’s Todd Bozick said in a statement to Variety.

“Angie was a lovely, wonderful person, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”

LAPD officers arrested Barker on December 28 on murder and torture charges

LAPD officers arrested Barker on December 28 on murder and torture charges

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